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Elias Goldberg

Elias Goldberg
Born 1886 (1886)
New York City
Died February 22, 1978(1978-02-22)
New York
Nationality American
Field Painting
Training Art Students League of New York
Awards Mark Rothko Foundation Grant

Elias Goldberg (1886, New York City – February 22, 1978, New York) was an American painter.


From 1906-1909 Elias Goldberg studied with George Bridgman at the Art Students League of New York. In 1915 his illustration work published in The Masses and in 1917 Elias Goldberg illustrated an English-language version of "Souvenirs Entomologiques" by the French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre.

In 1918 he was in the second annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists. During the 1920s he was an illustrator for the Japan Paper Company and for Hal Marchbanks Press. It was during this period that he studied and painted in Europe and developed friendships with Jules Pascin, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. In 1935 he had his first one-man show at Another Place Gallery.

In 1948 he had his first show at the Charles Egan Gallery and enjoyed friendships with Willem de Kooning and Elaine de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. In the 1950s, he befriended a younger generation of artists such as Knox Martin (a fellow artist in the Charles Egan Gallery), Reuben Nakian, Herman Rose, Peter Golfinopoulos and Joseph Stapleton.[1] In the 1960s he had a series of critically acclaimed one-man shows at the Charles Egan Gallery. In 1973 he received a grant from the Mark Rothko Foundation.

Elias Goldberg died on February 22, 1978 in New York City.


Goldberg is best known for cityscapes, still lifes, interiors, figures and landscapes. He created oil paintings, watercolors, drawings. Most of his city paintings focus on the area of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, where he lived from 1945 on.[2]


  • Lawrence Campbell, "Elias Goldberg Paints a Picture", ARTnews, 1963
  • Rosalind Constable, "The Pissarro of Washington Heights", New York Magazine, July 1970
  • William H. Gerdts, "From Ashcan to Abstract: The Paintings of Elias Goldberg", Elias Goldberg Exhibition Catalogue, Janos Gat Gallery, 1999
  • Elaine de Kooning, "New York Without Tears: The Paintings of Elias Goldberg", Egan Gallery, 1948


Additional references

  • Bruce Hooton 1965 Interview of Elias Goldberg at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art
  • AskArt Entry for Elias Goldberg

External links

  • Janos Gat Gallery

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