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 7819

    Park St. Cloud, 1929-30
    Oil on canvas
    21 1/4 x 32 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair lower right.

    #7819
  • 4428 sinclair 4228

    Fall Landscape, ca. 1930
    Oil on canvas
    25 1/2 x 32 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair upper right.

    #4428
  • Sinclair 4034

    New York City, ca. 1947
    Oil on Masonite
    23 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches
    #4034
  • Sinclair 2564

    Foothills, 1925
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 30 inches

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

    #2564
  • 2587 sinclair 2587

    Yacht Club, 1945
    Oil on Masonite
    20 x 15 inches

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

    #2587
  • 2599 sinclair 2599ur

    Farm Scene - Tractor, ca. 1935
    Oil on Masonite
    20 x 24 inches
    #2599
  • Sinclair 4431

    Milwaukee Street Scene with Schlitz Beer Delivery Truck, ca. 1940
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
    11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
    #4431
  • 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
  • 4459 sinclair 4459

    Sunning Himself, 1949
    Oil on Masonite
    9 x 12 inches

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

    #4459
  • 4460 sinclair 4460

    In the Dunes, ca. 1925
    Oil on canvas laid down on Masonite
    15 x 20 inches

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

    #4460
  • 4462 sinclair 4462

    Provincetown, 1926-31
    Oil on canvas laid down on board (original mount)
    14 3/4 x 20 inches

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

    #4462
  • 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 2558

    Arkansas Romance, 1925
    Oil on panel
    20 x 24 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair and dated upper right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #2558
  • 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 2569

    Mural Study - American City, ca. 1935
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 32 inches
    #2569
  • 4432 sinclair 4432

    News Stand, 1951
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    18 x 15 1/2 inches

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

    #4432
  • 4458 sinclair 4458

    Summer Resorters, 1951
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    16 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated G.V. Sinclair ‘51 lower right; signed, titled, numbered and dated on reverse.

    #4458
  • 4436 sinclair 4436

    Cove, 1925
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    15 1/2 x 22 inches

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

    #4436
  • 4457 sinclair 4457

    Huron River Bridge, 1947
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    22 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

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

    #4457
  • 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
  • 2817 sinclair 2817

    Shipboard, Mid Ocean , 1933
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    15 x 22 3/4 inches

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

    #2817
  • 2815 sinclair 2815

    North Avenue, 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 4435 new

    Untitled (On the Dunes), 1925
    Watercolor on paper
    13 x 20 inches

    Signed G.V. Sinclair and dated upper right; dated on reverse.

    #4435
  • 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

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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