Gerrit Sinclair

Watercolors by Gerrit Sinclair, 1920s-1950s, A Summer Road Trip


August 1st - September 9th, 2011

Gerrit V. Sinclair’s paintings chronicled middle class life in Wisconsin from the 1920s through the 1950s. While he served in World War I as an ambulance driver in Italy and also spent time in Paris in 1930, Sinclair 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 Century of Progress World’s Fair, Chicago; the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among others.

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    Gerrit Sinclair
    American, 1890 - 1955
    Bark Lake, 1931, 1945
    Watercolor on paper
    15 x 22 1/2 inches

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

    #4433
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    Gerrit Sinclair
    American, 1890 - 1955
    North Avenue Bridge, 1931, 1945
    Tempera over watercolor on paper
    15 x 22 1/2 inches

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

    #4434
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    Gerrit Sinclair
    American, 1890 - 1955
    Beer Trucks, ca. 1940
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
    #4429
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    Gerrit Sinclair
    American, 1890 - 1955
    Street Scene with Schlitz Sign, ca. 1940
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
    #4430

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