|Description: A WPA era lithograph, 9 3/4" x 15", by Emil Ganso, printed on 13” x 17 ½” wove paper. It is signed “Ganso” in graphite under the image on the right and stamped “Federal Art Project NYC WPA” at the lower left. A pencil notation on verso titles the piece “Fishing Man’s Retreat Ganso”, though the GSA Fine Arts database indicates the title of this print as “Summer Evening.” With a wonderful tonal range, Ganso depicts a bucolic summer night with a lone fisherman casting into a small body of water. Item #PR00151.
Emil Ganso (1895-1941) was born in Halberstadt, Germany and came to the United States in his teens. He worked as a baker while taking evening classes at the at the National Academy's School of Fine Arts. By 1926 Ganso had artistic representation with Weyhe Gallery and secured the funds to spend his summer at the art colony of Woodstock. He met many fellow artists including George Bellows, Alexander Brook, Leon Kroll, and Katherine Schmidt and moved to the town for a time before his artist-in-residence position at the University of Iowa.
Condition: Remnants of adhesive tape on verso at margins, on recto margins darkened from prior framing, could be minimized tremendously with new matting, good condition.