|Death Date: 1986
|“It used to be that everyone understood what was meant by realism; however, for much of the 20th century, the term has been in doubt. After all, the new realism that raged in Germany in the 1920’s is not to be confused with the new realism that was Pop or, for that matter, with metaphysical, magical or romantic realism”. Now comes “Mysterious Realism”. At least that is how William Gerdts describes the paintings of Werner Groshans.
Born in 1914 in Eutingen-Pforzheim, Germany, Werner Groshans came to the United States in 1927 and lived most of his life in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Nearly all of his paintings are enigmatic. They are, as Groshans states, “realistic and based on personally observed places and people. But I paint my own reality:.
Portraiture, normally commercially oriented, at the brush of Groshans becomes something else again. Young Woman in a Striped Dress is a poignant statement handsomely executed and designed with extreme subtlety. You are reminded of the concern of Whistler for the balance and harmony. The dream-like quality of his work gives it a long remembered mood – A mood that will be remembered by the viewer.
Groshans is a new old master whose work will remain timeless.