Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 4

"Repairing the Fishing Boat" by John R. Grabach

US$2,400Asking Price


Signed lower left. (1886 - 1981) John Grabach was a highly regarded New Jersey artist, teacher and author of a Classic text, How to Draw the Human Figure. He was born in Massachusetts, and with his widowed mother, moved to Newark, New Jersey when he was eleven. Starting out as a die cutter for a New Jersey silverware firm, Grabach also designed important works of sterling silver hollow ware and Art Deco glass designs for several high end retail manufacturers. He designed United States stamps for the Treasury Department and designed holiday greeting cards for several firms. Grabach enrolled in courses at the Art Students League in his spare time studying under George Bridgeman, Frank Dumond and Kenyon COX and H. August Schwabe. Considered a leading figure among the Newark School of Painters, his powerful ashcan style paintings depicting scenes of New York City and Newark are truly American masterpieces. He captures the expressions and mood of his subjects in these complex compositions on par with any of the so called American masters of this period. Similar in many ways to his contemporary, George Bellows, Grabach was gifted in portraying the everyday events of working class folks, and translating their ordinary daily routines into something extraordinary to look out. Whether it be his native blue collar Newark neighborhood, a crew of gruff dockworkers or something as regular an uninteresting as men eating soup, John Grabach had the ability to turn virtually any subject into appealing and worthy art. From the 1920’s through the 1960’s, Grabach was the subject of numerous one-man exhibitions in prestigious galleries and institutions across the country. In 1980, The Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. honored Grabach with a solo retrospective show of his work. This was an unusual tribute for a still living artist. Grabach was a dedicated and beloved teacher at the Newark School of Industrial Design for many years and among his favorite students was Henry Gasser. Grabachs’ work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance among many others.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    dimensions listed are framed, canvas size is 8" x 10".
  • Seller Location
    Wiscasset, ME
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU101767367213

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    US$110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Wiscasset, ME
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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 Wiscasset, ME
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1998
1stDibs seller since 2013
140 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

John R. Grabach Oil Painting, circa 1940s, Woman Fixing Her Hair
By John R. Grabach
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Wonderful impressionist painting by highly regarded New Jersey artist and teacher John R. Grabach, (1886-1981) This work is oil on canvas laid on board and measures: 12 1/4" H x 16"...

Early 20th Century Paintings



"Nude Study," Rare and Important Drawing by John Grabach
By John R. Grabach
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Although this drawing depicts a male nude, the artist here is clearly focusing on the power of his arms, hands and legs in particular. John Grabach, best known for his cityscapes and...

Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Drawings


Charcoal, Paper

"Seated Black Nude," Important and Rare Drawing by John Grabach
By John R. Grabach
Located in Philadelphia, PA
John Grabach, best known for his cityscapes and genre scenes, much coveted by collectors in America, was also a master of the nude, which this drawing amply demonstrates. This exampl...

Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Drawings


Charcoal, Paper

Emile Albert Gruppe Fishing Boats Gloucester
By Emile Albert Gruppe
Located in Dallas, TX
Emile Albert Gruppe (1896 - 1978) Fishing Boats Gloucester Oil / Canvasboard, Untitled Circa 1955 Signed: Emile A Gruppe, LR Measures: 20 x 16 inches Framed: 27 x 23 Inches Conditi...

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings



Massachusetts Harbor Fishing Boats Painting by H. C. Wolcott, 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
A small new England harbor scene painting by artist H. C. Wolcott (b.1898-d.1977). Titled on the back Fishing Boats, Gloucester Mass. Oil on canvas in carved wood frame. Early to m...

20th Century American Paintings



Oil Painting Landscape with Fishing Boats, French, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Expressive oil painting on wood panel French by La Martiniere in 1952. The painting depicts fisherman and their boats. The painting without frame measures 41 x 33 cm and is in its or...

Vintage 1950s French Expressionist Paintings


Wood, Paint

Signed Midcentury Painting of Fishing Boats at Dock
Located in Charleston, SC
Oil on canvas signed and dated 1962.   

Mid-20th Century Unknown Paintings



"Fishing along the River" by Joseph Paul Pettitt
By Joseph Paul Pettitt
Located in Hillsborough, CA
Joseph Paul Pettitt British, 1812-1882 “Fishing along the River” Oil on canvas Signed and dated ‘J. P. Pettitt, 1860’ center left 30 by 42 in. w/frame 36 by 48 in....

Antique 19th Century English Paintings

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery