Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 7

Joseph Meierhans
"Dancer"

1972

$9,950

About

Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is one of the most important modernist painters associated with Bucks County and the New Hope artists. His large body of work spans over five decades beginning with a representational Ashcan style and evolving into variations of modernism, including cubist, semi-abstract, abstract, and abstract-expressionist works. Meierhans felt closest in spirit to Kandinsky, of whom he explained, “His distinctive style consists of very loaded canvases—representational elements co-exist with abstract shapes”. Kandinsky’s influence was apparent in Meierhans works from the 1940s. Meierhans compared painting to composing music, often saying, “A painting must sing for the eye as music does for the ears”. He felt that creating a balanced integrated abstract painting was much more difficult than painting a landscape. “Abstracts are far more difficult to execute than traditional paintings…landscapes always turn out alright, but I find myself destroying a lot of moderns. It must be a symphony of form, balance, and color…or it’s terrible”. Born in Aargau, Switzerland, in 1890, Joseph Meierhans studied textile design in Zurich before coming to America in 1917. He first visited New York City while working for a Swiss textile mill. During this visit, Meierhans was offered a position with an American manufacturer as a textile designer and decided to stay. Meierhans was captivated by the New York art scene and soon began evening studies with Karl Knaths and later with John Sloan at the Art Students League from 1919-1921. He also studied with A. N. Lindenmuth in Allentown. In 1932, Meierhans had saved enough money from the textile business to buy a unique 52-acre property in Hagersville, Pennsylvania, about fifteen miles from New Hope. Dubbed the Meierhans Manor, amidst rolling acres of farmland sat a stately Victorian mansion surrounded by an assortment of farm structures. There, he converted a 200-foot-long chicken coop into a studio and art gallery. For the next twenty-five years he divided his time between New York and Bucks County, devoting as much time as possible to his painting. In 1957 he retired from the textile business enabling him to concentrate solely on his art. A generous man dedicated to familiarizing people with the rich local artistic tradition, Meierhans made exhibition space in his gallery available to seven other artists each year. Over the years, Ben Solowey and Katherine Steele Renninger were among the many artists to take advantage of this opportunity. While spending all of his “painting time” in Pennsylvania, Meierhans made efforts to stay involved in the New York art scene. He exhibited in the 1940s and 1950s at the Artist’s Gallery in New York where he was the recipient of five one-man shows. Meierhans also joined the avant-garde group known as AAA (American Abstract Artists) exhibiting in New York from 1946-1957 and in as faraway places as Europe and Japan. He also exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Society of Independent Artists, the Salons of America, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Provincetown Art Association, American Federation of Artists Traveling Exchange, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tokyo (1956), and the Crest Gallery, New Hope (solo 1958). Sources: New Hope for American Art by James Alterman Joseph Meierhans, Princeton Gallery of Art, 1985 Daily Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA, 8/9/63 Call-Chronicle, Allentown, PA, 9/28/58 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Details

  • Creator
    Joseph Meierhans (1890-1981, American)
  • Creation Year
    1972
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Width: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed Size 35" x 29"Price: $9,950
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: JOL112319521stDibs: LU3745806682

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Lambertville, NJ
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
1stDibs seller since 2014
30 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller
  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is on...
    Category

    1970s Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Paper, Charcoal

  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is on...
    Category

    Late 20th Century Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Paper, Charcoal

  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is on...
    Category

    20th Century Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Paper, Charcoal

  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is on...
    Category

    20th Century Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Pastel, Paper

  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Joseph Meierhans is o...
    Category

    1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Pastel

  • By Joseph Meierhans
    Located in Lambertville, NJ
    Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork. Signed Lower Right Joseph Meierhans (1890 - 1980) Jose...
    Category

    20th Century Abstract Abstract Paintings

    Materials

    Masonite, Oil

You May Also Like

Untitled (3)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Charcoal, Paper

Untitled (13-J1)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

Untitled (12-P1)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

Untitled (8-L1)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

Untitled (6-F1)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

Untitled (9-Q1)
By Fritz Bultman
Located in New Orleans, LA
The piece is mounted in an archival white mat, with an overall mat size of 30 x 24 inches. Fritz Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously o...
Category

1930s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

Untitled
By William Quigley
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Provenance: The artist
Category

1980s Abstract Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal, Acrylic, Pencil

Clown and Head, 1987
By Fay Lansner
Located in Quogue, NY
Charcoal and pastel on paper
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Pastel, Paper, Charcoal

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery