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Josef Presser born in Lublin, Russian Poland, Josef Presser came to Boston, MA at the age of 12 where he received a scholarship to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His teacher, Philip L. Hale, son of Everett Hale, was quoted ” I have a genius in my class, and I don’t know what to say to him”. Four years of art school followed by four years traveling and studying in the great museums of France, Italy and Belgium. Upon his return to America in 1931, he settled into his studio in Philadelphia, PA where his concern for the poor and socially deprived grew with the urgency of the Great Depression. In 1940, Presser moved to a studio on 14th Street in the Union Square District, New York City. In 1941, he married Agnes Hart, and they acquired summer studio in Woodstock, NY becoming members of the Maverick Artist Colony and the Woodstock Artist Association. Josef Presser spent his last three years living and working in Paris. In 1965, he became an Honorary member of Circle Litte’raire et Artistique, Bruxelles, Belgium. Public collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Galleria Degli Uffizi, Firenze, Italy, Louvre, Paris France, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, Woodstock Artist Association Museum, Woodstock NY and many more.
Artist estate. Woodstock New York.