IRMA ENGEL GRABHORN

(American, 1908-2003)

STILL LIFE WITH ROSES, 1958

Oil on Canvas

15 x 12 Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

Born in Badenweiler, Germany, Irma Grabhorn studied in Paris with Andre Lhote beginning in 1926. In 1930 she entered the Berlin Academy and studied further with Carl Hofer. She exhibited internationally with success including at the Salon d'Automne (Paris), 1926; Berlin; NY World's Fair,1939; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1939 (solo); the De Young Museum, and at Gump's in San Francisco.

 

With her first husband, Samuel Engel, she settled in San Francisco in 1939 and, after his death, married the fine arts printer, Edward Grabhorn. A prolific artist, she produced over 600 floral still-lives, portraits and landscapes in her unique and lyrical blend of Impressionism and Expressionism.

 

Memberships:

San Francisco Art Association; San Francisco Women Artists.

 

Reference:

Who's Who in American Art 1940-53; Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"; Who's Who on the Pacific Coast; SF Chronicle, 5-6-1991.

 

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