Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Exhibition of Works by Dietrich
Patrons' Gallery, October 12, 2020 - October 17, 2020

This exhibition will be POSTPONED. New dates are October 12-17.

Born Dietrich Hermann Grunewald in Oskarstöm, Sweden, to a German textile engineer and his wife, the artist Dietrich (1916-2003) left his native country to come to America in 1938. Before establishing himself as a fine artist, he worked as an etcher and a portrait artist in San Francisco; a naval draftsman in the Pacific Northwest; a scenic designer in San Francisco and Hollywood; and a wallpaper and textile designer in West Hollywood. Twenty-five years after his arrival in the US, a six-day exhibition of his oil paintings in Beverly Hills drew record crowds, making it the largest private exhibition the city had ever witnessed and paving the way for his future success as a fine artist.

Today, his work spans multiple decades and mediums, encompassing oil paintings, serigraphs, drawings, etchings, portraits, illustrations, and scenic and textile designs. His range of subjects included floral fantasies, figures, landscapes, cityscapes, horses, sailboats and sporting scenes depicted through a harmonious interplay of color, shadow and light that informed over 2,000 works. Primarily known as a California artist, this is the first New York exhibition of Dietrich’s fine art.

This exhibition comes from the collection of his son, Gregory Dietrich, who will be giving a presentation entitled “By Design: The Life and Work of the Artist Dietrich” in the Upper Gallery on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m.

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