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 Joseph De Martini  (1896 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: marine, interiors, cities and landscape paintings

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Biography from Wiscasset Bay Gallery:
Joseph de Martini was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1896. The son of a fisherman, de Martini had education that ended with grammar school. He moved to New York City where he studied art at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll and Ivan Olinsky, as well as at the Art Students League.

Known for his paintings of interiors, cities, rivers, boats, and the coast, de Martini often traveled to Monhegan Island, Maine to paint.

He exhibited extensively, although at the end of his career he stopped showing his work in order to devote his time completely to painting. He displayed his work at numerous museums and galleries including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (1940-1953) where he won a gold medal in 1952, the Art Institute of Chicago (1940-1942, 1944), the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (1941-1943), the Carnegie Institute (1941, 1943-1944), the National Academy of Design (1947), the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. (1941-1953), and many others.

His works can be found in museums, galleries, corporations, and private collections throughout the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art both in New York City, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the State Department, Washington, D.C., the Pepsi-Cola Collection, and the collection of IBM. De Martini was an associate member of the National Academy of Design and a member of the Audubon Artists and the American Artists Congress. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1951 and taught art at the University of Georgia from 1952-1953. He died in 1984.

Biography from Julie Heller Gallery:
JOSEPH DeMARTINI (1896 - 1984)

Joseph De Martini studied at the National Academy of Design, where he became an associate, and at the Art Students League.  He exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery and at Grand Central Moderns.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Monhegan Museum.

Creating romantic interpretations of everyday scenes, Joseph de Martini divided his attention between darkened theaters and coastal scenes of New England.  He was in his prime as an artist when abstraction became a popular style for American artists.  A writer for Art Digest aptly wrote of de Martini's rugged seasides in 1942: "With painting-shadowed sides and strong, dark lines where rocks meet the water, he can create a pattern of great strength without declaring for abstraction and without losing the romance of place which gives his paintings their greatest appeal."


Biography from Boca Raton Museum of Art:
Joseph De Martini's successful career began in the 1930s with the WPA Federal Art Project and the Macbeth Gallery.  Over the next twenty-five years he exhibited in the most prestigious museum shows of the day.

Many major museums acquired his work, including the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center.

By The Boca Raton Museum of Art
Catalina Torres (Intern)

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