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WILLIAM MEYEROWITZ (1887-1981)
Figural Movement. Watercolor on smooth tan Japan paper. 373x280 mm; 14 3/4x11 1/4 inches. Signed in ink, lower center recto.
Provenance: Private collection, Chicago.
Meyerowitz was born in the Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1908. While a student at the National Academy of Design in New York, he sang in the choir at the Metropolitan Opera, and music remained an important influence in his work; he would frequent Harlem jazz clubs along with Stuart Davis (1892-1964). In addition to his New York genre scenes, he and his wife, the painter Theresa Bernstein (1895-2002), were involved with the circle of artists in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where they spent their summers painting landscape and maritime scenes.
During the Great Depression, Meyerowitz was a mural painter for the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. His work of that era includes "The Post Road in Connecticut," a 1937 oil on canvas mural still extant in the historic post office in Clinton, Connecticut.