This is a wonderful painting by well listed Harry Sternberg. This belonged to a fellow artist and friend of Sternberg who passed away a few years ago and I held her estate sale. I keep this painting because its a very special painting. I love the colors and feeling it has. The painting measures 8" x 10" and is handsomely framed and ready to hang. On the back is an article about Harry's passing. If this doesn't sell I'll be very happy to keep it and because of the size it is easy to place in our new home.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:Harry Sternberg (1904-2001) was a student at the Art Students League during the 1920s and met Yasuo Kuniyoshi when they both started teaching there in 1933. Sternberg remained until 1968, and Kuniyoshi until 1953. During his thirty-five years at the League, Sternberg wrote several books on printmaking techniques and created prints of American city life (see examples: Builders and Blast Furnace ).
As faculty members, Sternberg and Kuniyoshi in 1943 worked together on a mural of the villains of World War II. They were also involved in each other’s work: Kuniyoshi photographed Sternberg around 1940 and Sternberg created the screenprint Portrait of Yasuo Kuniyoshi between 1943 and 1944. In it, Sternberg aimed to capture a sense of Kuniyoshi’s charisma and magnetic appeal to women, even at the height of anti-Japanese sentiment during the grueling years of the war.
Sternberg and Kuniyoshi participated in many of the same political organizations. Sternberg was a member of the Artists Equity Association and the American Artists’ Congress, both of which had appointed Kuniyoshi as a leader. The younger artist, who as the son of poor Russian immigrants was sometimes, like Kuniyoshi, considered an outsider, recalled that such organizations “gave us a sense of connection with society which we’ve never had beyond then.”
Sternberg described Kuniyoshi’s style of leadership as being dedicated and honest, despite the artist’s “mixture of naivete and lack of knowledge about the rules.”
Biography from The National Museum- Renwick Gallery