Gerrit Sinclair

American, 1890 - 1955


Gerrit V. Sinclair’s paintings chronicled American life in Wisconsin and the Midwest from the 1920s through the 1950s. While he served in Italy during World War I as an ambulance driver and also painted in Paris in 1930, Sinclair largely ignored modern European trends in art in favor of developing a warm figurative style that embraced the dignity of life in ordinary American towns and rural locales. Sinclair’s regionalist views of the American scene focus on the “virtues of family, patriotism, hard work and the simple pleasures of daily life”. An instructor at the Layton School of Art, Sinclair influenced numerous young artists getting their start in Milwaukee. In addition, Sinclair worked for the WPA during the Great Depression, completing murals entitled “Lumbering” and “Rural Mail” for the Federal Building in Wasau, Wisconsin.

Gerrit Sinclair’s paintings were exhibited at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh; the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, The Century of Progress ; the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among others.

  • Sinclair 2603
    Untitled (Paris Street), ca. 1928
    Oil on Masonite
    16 x 12 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair lower right

    #2603
  • Sinclair 2604
    Evening Light, 1937
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 30 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair ‘37, lower right; Signed, titled and dated on reverse

    #2604
  • 4428 sinclair 4228
    Fall Landscape, ca. 1930
    Oil on canvas
    25 1/2 x 32 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair, upper right.

    #4428
  • Sinclair 2569
    Mural Study - American City, ca. 1935
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 32 inches
    #2569
  • Sinclair 2568
    Mural Study - Homestead, ca. 1935
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 32 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair lower right; signed and titled "Mural Sketch" on reverse.

    #2568
  • Sinclair 7819
    Park St. Cloud, 1929-30
    Oil on canvas
    21 1/4 x 32 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair, lower right.

    #7819
  • 2583 sinclair 2583ur
    Untitled (Wisconsin Town), ca. 1940
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 30 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair upper right.

    #2583
  • Sinclair 2564
    Foothills, 1925
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 30 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #2564
  • 2810 sinclair 2810
    Rue de Lappe, Paris, 1930
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    14 x 21 1/4 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair, titled and dated upper right.

    #2810
  • Sinclair 17107
    Port Vicennes, 1930
    Watercolor on paper
    14 1/2 x 21 inches

    Signed, titled and dated G.V. Sinclair, lower right; Signed, titled and dated on reverse

    #17107
  • 4450 sinclair 4450
    Cherry Street Bridge, 1928
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    15 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated G.V. Sinclair '28 lower right; signed, titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #4450
  • 2815 sinclair 2815
    North Avenue (Near Jake's Deli), 1932
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    15 1/4 x 22 inches

    Signed and dated G.V. Sinclair '32 lower right; signed titled and dated on reverse.

    #2815
  • Sinclair 17106
    Ganges, Michigan, 1945
    Watercolor on paper
    15 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair lower right; Signed, titled and estate stamped on reverse

    #17106
  • 4446 sinclair 4446
    Prospect Hill, ca. 1930s
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    14 x 20 1/2 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair and titled lower right; signed, titled and numbered on reverse.

    #4446
  • Sinclair 17108
    Row Boats on the Shore, 1947
    Watercolor on paper
    15 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches

    Signed, titled and dated Gerrit Sinclair lower right; Signed, titled and dated on reverse

    #17108
  • Sinclair 2801
    Fishing Under the Bridge, 1947
    Watercolor on paper
    15 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated lower right; signed, dated and titled on reverse

    #2801
  • Sinclair 2803
    Fishing at the Bridge, 1947
    Watercolor on paper
    11 x 15 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated lower right; Signed, dated and titled on reverse

    #2803
  • Sinclair 2804
    Fishing, 1947
    Watercolor and pencil on paper
    11 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches

    Signed lower right; Signed, dated and titled on reverse

    #2804
  • 4438 sinclair 4438
    Milwaukee Lake Front, 1947
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    15 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Gerrit Sinclair 1947 upper right; signed, titled and numbered on reverse.

    #4438
  • Sinclair 17105
    Saugatuck Dance Hall, 1951
    Watercolor on paper
    15 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair ‘51 upper right; Signed, titled and dated on reverse

    #17105
  • 2813 sinclair 2813
    Cigar Store, 1951
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    15 1/4 x 22 inches

    Signed Gerrit V. Sinclair lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #2813
  • Sinclair 17103
    Untitled (Baseball Game), ca. 1950
    Lithograph on paper
    8 x 9 1/2 inches
    #17103

Gerrit V. Sinclair’s paintings chronicled American life in Wisconsin and the Midwest from the 1920s through the 1950s. While he served in Italy during World War I as an ambulance driver and also painted in Paris in 1930, Sinclair largely ignored modern European trends in art in favor of developing a warm figurative style that embraced the dignity of life in ordinary American towns and rural locales. Sinclair’s regionalist views of the American scene focus on the “virtues of family, patriotism, hard work and the simple pleasures of daily life”. An instructor at the Layton School of Art, Sinclair influenced numerous young artists getting their start in Milwaukee. In addition, Sinclair worked for the WPA during the Great Depression, completing murals entitled “Lumbering” and “Rural Mail” for the Federal Building in Wasau, Wisconsin.

Gerrit Sinclair’s paintings were exhibited at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh; the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, The Century of Progress ; the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among others.

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