Joseph Paul Di Gemma (New York, 1910 – 2005)
Costume of Naples, 1935
Oil painting canvas mounted to board
Signed to lower right
Inscribed to verso
Joseph Paul Di Gemma was born in New York City in 1910. He studied art at both the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, as well as earning a bachelors degree in art education from New York University, and a masters degree from Queens College. He went on to teach in the New York City public High School of Art and Design and was an instructor at the Art League of Long Island. Di Gemma’s book, Lumiprinting: A New Graphic Art, was published in 1942, and his engravings reside in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Astor-Lenox Collection, and the Smithsonian Institute. As WWII commenced, Di Gemma served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a combat artist, sailing to the Far East and many of his paintings from his tour were exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in New York.
- canvas is stapled to board at edges; scattered areas of paint loss; hole and damage to canvas to lower right; wear and paint loss to canvas edges; including small tear at staple to center of left side; light scattered accretion; rough edges and surface to backing board.