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 Joseph Meierhans  (1890 - 1980)

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Lived/Active: New York/Pennsylvania/North Carolina / Switzerland      Known for: abstract imagery painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Aargau, Switzerland, Joseph Meierhans came to America in 1917 and lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania before settling in Perkasie in upper Bucks County. Meierhans was a prolific artist having produced many abstract paintings during his lifetime. He studied in New York at the Art Students League with Karl Knaths, John Sloan and later with A N Lindenmuth. He became a member of the Society of Independent Artists, the Provincetown Art Association, the Lansdale Art League, and the Lehigh Art Alliance.

He was also a member of American Abstract Artists, an avant-garde group in New York in 1936.

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Biography from James A. Michener Art Museum:

Some say that artists carry things too far, but we know that the world would stand still if no one ventured beyond the limits of the familiar.
-Joseph Meierhans

Joseph Meierhans first came to New York in 1917 to work for a Swiss textile mill. Already successful in the textile design field, he settled in the United States. After 15 years in New York, he moved to Bucks County in 1932. 

His early work was in watercolor and oil. He primarily painted landscapes, sketches of his native Switzerland, as well as American east coast scenery. His professional career as a textile designer led to a concern for texture and color. His later work moved to the abstract, which became his preferred style. He derived his inspiration as a painter from nature and scenes from everyday life. His work was strongly concerned with composition, form and color.

He was also the owner and founder of Meierhans Gallery in 1956, which became a showplace for Delaware Valley artists.

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