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 Joseph John Paul Meert  (1905 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Connecticut / Belgium      Known for: abstract expression

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joseph Meert, an abstract expressionist and friend of Jackson Pollock actually saved Pollock's life one night. On a sub-zero winter night of 1943 or 1944, Pollock came to visit Meert at his apartment, however Pollock had passed out drunk in a snowdrift and would have frozen to death had it not been for Meert.

In the 1920s, he was a resident of Kansas City, Kansas living at 1014 Tenny Street and taught at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1935 - 1941. Despite his extensive exhibition record, Meert never found financial success. In 1980, after the death of his wife, his medical and mental condition began to deteriorate, but he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and became a ward of a state nursing home. In 1985, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded a grant to have him transferred to a better facility in Cheshire, CT, where he received art therapy treatment and benefited from this until his death in 1990.


Falk, P. Who Was Who in American Art
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1927; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1936; 1st New York Exhibition 1949.

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Born Brussels, Belgium, 1905; died Waterbury, CT, 1990. Painter, specialized in abstract expressionist. Studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1927. Friend of Jackson Pollock. Taught at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1935-41.
First Prize, Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1936.

Butler Institute of American Art; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Topeka Cap & Topeka J (Topeka Capital, Topeka J (aka Topeka J) newspapers—usually reports of the Kansas Artists Exhibition 1st= Topeka Cap Nov. 11, 1925 9th= Topeka J Nov. 11, 1933 2nd= Topeka Cap Nov. 10, 1926 10th= Topeka J Nov. 10, 1934 3rd= Topeka J Nov. 19, 1927 11th= Topeka J Jan. 7, 1936 4th= Topeka J Nov. 3, 1928 12th= Topeka J Nov. 11 & 14, 1936 5th= Topeka J Nov. 2, 1929 14th= Topeka J Jan. 22, 1938 6th= Topeka J Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 1930 15th= Topeka J Mar. 10, 1939 7th= Topeka J Oct. 24, 1931 16th= Topeka J Feb. 2 & 10, 1940 8th= Topeka J Oct. 22, 1932 17th= Topeka J Mar. 8 & 17, 1941), Aug. 1, 1936; NMAA files; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1927; 1936; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 21, 2005; Color Rhythm: The Late Watercolors of Joseph Meert. (East Hampton, NY: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, 1994).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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