WILLIAM GROPPER: WORKS FROM HIS ESTATE.
“I am interested in mankind. People create the landscape of my paintings. I fight wrongs. I fight in a creative sense. All my stuff is myself, passionately myself. I am involved with ideas and concepts.” – William Gropper
The new exhibition from Helicline Fine Art announces an extension to February 19, 2023. About three dozen works: paintings, drawings, cartoons, and sculptures created by the great American artist between the 1930s–1970s will be available at HeliclineFineArt.com.
The exhibition features a range of subject matters created over several decades. Several of the renowned Senator paintings are featured, images of women and men working, industrial scenes, ballet, New York City scenes, social commentary, and Gropper’s political works depicting demonstrations, WWII, and more. Two unique bronzes are included.
Gropper’s last one-person exhibition was 34 years ago at the ACA Gallery. There was an exhibition of Gropper’s drawings at the Queens Museum in 2016.
“The paintings convey a cumulative sense of stir and excitement…Gropper is not at all a predictable artist…and that is an excellent trait.” The New York Times, 1940
Craig Gropper, the artist’s grandson, noted, “What I remember about my grandfather is that he was always working; he was always busy saying something or setting something right on paper or canvas. The blacklist quashed his career, but it didn’t affect his output. His art was his life right up to the end. It had to be made. And just when he lost the ability to draw and paint, he died.”
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William Gropper (1897 – 1977) Horse Race
Helicline Fine Art, founded in 2008 by Roy Goldberg and Keith Sherman, specializes in American and European modernism. The gallery’s core offerings are works from the WPA period. Additionally, we sell American scene, social realism, mural studies, industrial landscapes, regionalism, abstracts and other artwork. Located in a private space in midtown Manhattan, Helicline is open by appointment. The artworks on the site represent a sampling of available works. Helicline works are also available on artsy.net and 1stDibs.com.