“The Bathers”, woodblock print by Emil Ganso (Ger. 1895-1941)

This is a wonderful woodblock print titled “The Bathers” by Emil Ganso .  Born in 1895 in Germany, Ganso came to the United States as a teen. By 1914 Ganso was taking evening classes at the National Academy’s School of Fine Arts while supporting himself as a baker. He was discovered by the Weyhe Gallery in the early 1920s, and was represented by them through the 1940’s.

Ganso studied at the National Academy’s School of Fine Arts, and spent time studying and working at the Woodstock Art Colony and in Paris. His work was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum. He also exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair and the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco in 1939 as well. At the time of his death, he was artist in residence at the University of Iowa. His works are in the collections of the Met, Boston MFA, MOMA, LA County Museum, the Whitney and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

This woodblock was originally done by Ganso in the early 1930’s.  This print was one of a limited edition of 200 that were done in 1950 in support of the Woodcut Society, authorized by Ganso’s estate.  The print is signed in the lower right; it was signed by Ganso’s widow.

The print is done on beautiful heavy cream paper and is nicelyvmatted and framed in a lemon gold frame.  It is in great condition.