Joseph Margulies

Fishing Boats Gloucester, c.1939
Etching, Original Soft Ground
8.38 x 11.75 in
SKU: 10706g
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"Fishing Boats Gloucester" is a soft ground etching created by Joseph Margulies. The artist signed this piece in the lower right margin with graphite. This piece depicts several fishing boats docked. There are a few figures running around on the boats as well as a boy sitting on the dock, looking at the water.  There is slight water damage from a droplet in the lower right hand corner. See picture with signature for detail. This piece is archivally framed with 100% acid free matt and foam board, housed in a silver finished frame.


Image Size: 8 3/8" x 11 3/4"

Paper Size: 10 7/8" x 13 5/8"

Frame Size: 17 1/4" x 20 1/4"


Artist Bio:

Joseph Margulies was born in Vienna in 1896. He immigrated to the United States at a young age. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with the printmaker Joseph Pennell from 1922-1925. He continued his studies at the National Academy of Design, at Cooper Union in New York City, and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Margulies also apprenticed with Maynard Waltner in Vienna. The artist mastered lithography and etching and also became known as a great portrait painter, commissioned to execute portraits of presidents and other distinguished people. 

Margulies is best known for his portraits and seascapes of the New England Coast. He kept studios in New York and Gloucester. His realist depiction of fishing boats at Gloucester shows his intimate knowledge of the scene. He was committed to making his art—portraits, scenes of New York City and New England—accessible to the layperson. As a New York artist, Margulies was exposed to and influenced by the Ashcan School painters. 

The artist’s works are in the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH); the Library of Congress; the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.); the Brooklyn Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Flint Institue of Arts (MI); the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, TX); the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Rochester Institute of Technology; the National Gallery of Art; the National Portrait Gallery; the Yale University Art Gallery; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.