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 Herman Eggeling  (1884 - 1932)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape, marine, illustrator-food

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted March 2004, is from Irene Eggeling, niece of the artist. Included as a reference is an undated clipping from "The Home News", a Bronx newspaper of the 1920s.


Born August 17, 1884 Brooklyn, New York

August 1, 1905 he married Anna MacLear and had one daughter, Ann.

Herman belonged to the Bronx Artist's Guild and served on the Executive Committee in the 1920s. In 1922 he did several paintings, which were sold by the Guild entitled "Backyard in Summer", "Marshes", "Gathering Clouds" and "Along The Harlem" He also had paintings at the New York Metropolitan Art Museum. In the mid 1920s he worked in downtown New York City for the American Bible Society and did engravings for them, and in 1924, a portrait of the Library was submitted to the Howe Memorial Library in Shrewsburg, MA and accepted.

He studied at the Art Students' League for some years, taking George Bridgman's lifework and his drawing under John Sloan. Herman said "A study of the Old Masters is the best way for an artist to gain a knowledge of composition, of balance.. .."For this there are no better teachers than the old portrait painters whose sense of balance was perfect." (Home News)

Eggeling's work method was to sketch rapidly because he believed that apparent rapid movement on the canvas conveyed appealing spontaneity. He strove for simple lines and strong colors, which underscored overall simplicity and contrast.

High Bridge along the Harlem River in New York City provided a theme for a number of Eggeling's canvases. Eggeling maintains that the Harlem River is one of the most "paintable" spots in the country. In the 1920s, he also discovered a penchant for marine painting, especially seascapes, something that occurred on a summer trip to Ogunquit, Maine.

During the first World War, he also did large posters for "Stamps for Liberty Loans", and Herman did most of the illustrations for "The Encyclopedia of Food" published in 1923 by Artemas Ward.

Herman Eggeling died January 14, 1932 Bronx, New York.

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