Joseph Di Gemma Woodcuts "The Farmer", 1942-1943
Joseph Di Gemma (New York, 1910-2005)
The Farmer, 1942-1943
Two woodcuts on paper
One print is signed to mat and both prints are signed in plate
One print is inscribed “1/50 imp” to the mat
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 bachelor’s degree in art education from New York University, and a master’s 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.
- wear, discoloration, staining and cuts to matting of 1942 woodcut; extreme tear to paper of 1942 woodcut; staining, punctures, abrasions, and minor discoloration to 1943 woodcut.
- measures matting.