Emil Ganso (1895 - 1941)
Born in Halberstadt, Germany, Ganso came to the United States in his teens, and by 1914 was taking evening classes at the National Academy's School of Fine Arts while supporting himself as a baker. Gallerist Erhard Weyhe recognized the young man's talent and showed his work. From 1925, Weyhe Gallery began to represent Ganso which gave him the funds to spend his first summer in the art colony of Woodstock, New York in 1926. He ultimately settled there and met many fellow artists including George Bellows, Alexander Brook, Leon Kroll, and Katherine Schmidt. Throughout the 1930s, Ganso exhibited at museums and exhibits across the United States, leading to the offer of an artist-in-residence position at the University of Iowa, where he died in 1941.
Wood engraving, 1936, edition not stated. Image size 9-3/8" x 14-3/8"; sheet size 14" x 19". Signed in the block, and published by American Artists Group, New York. Fine condition.
Wood engraving, ca. 1933, edition of 200 (1951). Image size 4½” x 7½”; sheet size 7" x 10". Reprinted in an edition of 200 for the Woodcut Society and signed by Franny Ganso, the artist's widow. Very good condition.
Hard- and soft-ground etching, auatint, roulette, and drypoint, ca. 1930; numberd 11 in an edition of 30. Image size 5-5/8” x 7-3/4”; sheet size 10” x 13”. Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression in very good overall condition. Smith I-35.
Woodstock Church (Snow Scene)
Wood engraving, 1935; edition not stated. Image size 5" x 3½"; sheet size 9-7/8" x 8-3/8". Signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine, well-inked impression in overall very good condition. Small spots recto not affecting the sight area; tape remnants verso.