Masters of the Newark School

MAY 13 – AUGUST 27, 2017


John R. Grabach & Henry M. Gasser:  Masters of the Newark School

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Curated by renowned New Jersey trompe l’oeil painter and art collector Gary T. Erbe, John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: Masters of The Newark School brings together 30 rarely-seen works from private collections that have never before been presented together.

At the turn of the 20th century, the confluence of art, professional artistic training, and industrialization taking place in Newark, New Jersey attracted and fueled a creative group of new artists that collectively would come to be known as “The Newark School.”  John R. Grabach (1886-1981) and Henry M. Gasser (1909-1981) were prominent figures within this talented group.

Much like John F. Peto, John Grabach was a painter who retreated from public exhibitions and, as a result, his work was largely forgotten for decades.  This exhibition will, for the first time, present Grabach’s work together with that of his student and colleague, Henry Gasser.  Grabach played a multifaceted role in the life of the younger Gasser, serving as a teacher, father figure, mentor, and friend.  These now celebrated artists, both of whom were born in Newark, were inspired by The Ashcan School of American artists that rejected the popular impressionist and realist painting styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  As painters, Grabach and Gasser became fascinated with the ever-changing metropolitan landscape, ultimately creating their own unique and distinct styles of urban realism.

This exhibition is being presented in partnership with Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ (, who will be hosting a complementary exhibition on The Newark School, Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960, from June 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018

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