Our new Past/Present post features two prints of Central Park by Emil Ganso and Art Werger. Born in Germany in 1895, Emil Ganso was an accomplished painter, wood engraver, and lithographer, specializing in still-lifes, landscapes and nudes. Largely self-taught, Ganso immigrated to the United States in 1912. He first worked as a baker, while pursuing his art on the side. He started showing his work by the mid-1920’s and by 1925, Weyhe Gallery began to represent Ganso which gave him the funds to spend his first summer in the art colony of Woodstock, New York in 1926. He settled in Woodstock the following year, benefiting greatly from the artistic company of George Ault, Doris Lee, Charles Rosen, and George Bellows. In the late 1920s and 1930s, Ganso also kept a studio at 54 West 74th Street, an artists’ building where Walter Pach and Theresa Bernstein had studios. This NYC studio was located just one block away from the west side of Central Park.
Art Werger grew up in the suburbs of New York where he developed a passion for drawing at an early age. After studying illustration and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, he switched into the field of printmaking. Over the last thirty years, he has focused on etching, aquatint, and mezzotint, and has become an internationally renowned artist in those media- having received over 250 awards in national and international exhibitions. In 2012, he received the Award of the Rector at the International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland and the Prize for Full Correspondence between Technique and Imagery at the First International Mezzotint Festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Werger, although known for his narrative and lyrical prints based on his suburban upbringing, has a series of cityscapes, with New York City as his inspiration. Intrigued by the interplay between city lights and cast shadows, Werger creates velvety rich prints of the day-to-day moments that play out in the city, including several of Central Park.
Image on Left: Pine Trees. (Trees, Central Park). Emil Ganso. Hard and soft ground etching, 1929. Edition c.35.
Image on Right: Follow. [Central Park, New York.] Art Werger. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 100.