Frank Gervasi (1895-1986), Pair of landscapes,"The Headwaters" and "Herding to Higher Pastures", oil on canvasboard, 12 x 16", frame: 16 x 20" each
Provenance: from the estate of the artist's brother-in-law
Frank Gervasi was born in Palermo, Sicily on October l5, 1895. He died at the age of 91 on November 11, 1986 in Marfa Texas. He immigrated to New York in 1908. He served in the U.S.Army with the 27th Division in WWI and lost his right arm (his painting arm) as a result of wounds received during the Battle of St. Michiel south of Verdun in France. After the war he was determined to continue his painting and was an inspiration to others at Walter Reed Army Hospital because he didn't give up. The artist lived in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York for a number of years and later in Tudor City in Manhattan. He studied with master teachers George Luks, Robert Henri, Frank Dumont and others at the Art Students League of New York. He painted in oil the mountains of the Catskills, the Adirondaks, the skyscraper canyons of the city, still life and watercolor pieces. In 1955 the "New York Times" featured a story and photograph of his painting, "Fire Escape." Gervasi was a member of National Academy of Design, Allied Artists of America and American Watercolor Society. Salamagundi Club and Audubon Artists. The Abell-Hanger Foundation of Midland, Texas commissioned Frank Gervasi in the late 1950's to paint mural-size scenes of the Gomez Gas Field for its Museum. Because of this project, he relocated to Marfa,Texas, and transferred his abilities to the painting of canyons and mountains of the Southwest including Davis Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico.