Biography: Hardie Gramatky, N.A. (1907-1979) Born: Dallas, TX; Studied: Stanford University, Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: National Academy of Design, New York Water Color Club, American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society. Hardie Gramatky was raised in Southern California. He studied art with F. Tolles Chamberlin, Clarence Hinkle, Pruett Carter...... read more
"Dad also called this `From Weehawken' since it was painted in New Jersey in August 1938. It was exhibited in a one-man show at the Ferargil Gallery in the same year and was invited to be in the San Diego Fine Arts exhibit in May 1940 as well as a one-man exhibit at Chouinard that year. One interesting aside, you will notice that this is one of the first tugboats that Dad drew on the Hudson River, and within a year he would have taken some sketches and written a children's book, Little Toot, that G. P. Putnam & Sons wanted to publish in 1939. This beloved children's book classic, written & illustrated by Hardie Gramatky, has been in print continuously for 66 years. And in this watercolor, I can see the strong style and tugboat personality emerging."
Courtesy of daughter-Linda Gramatky Smith