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Werner Groshans Portrait

Werner Groshans

Eutingen, Germany 1913

Catskill, New York 1986

Active in:

  • New York, New York

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Courtesy Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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"For me, realism is not the slavish imitation of nature and the picturesque; rather it is a conscious process of selecting, rearranging, modifying; in other words, abstracting from nature those rhythms and images that have, through time, left their mark on the artist's visual and spiritual perception." The artist, quoted in Prize-winning paintings (book 7), 1967

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Werner Groshans moved with his family from Germany to the United States at the age of thirteen and began his studies at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art a year later. As a young adult during the Great Depression, he participated in the Works Progress Administration Easel Project for two years, allowing him to develop as an artist without the worry of finding full-time work. By the early 1960s his artwork began to gain recognition, and in 1965 he was elected to the National Academy of Design. Groshans often worked from his memory of real places seen in nature, but his strange juxtapositions of objects and figures led William Gerdts, a graduate professor at the City University of New York, to describe his style as "Mysterious Realism."