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Julius Delbos (1879 – 1970)

Untitled (Farm in Winter), 1940s, oil on canvas, signed lower right, 26 x 30 inches, presented in an original frame


Julius Delbos was an English born painter, teacher and art lecturer who spent most of his long career in the United States. Raised in his native England, Delbos arrived in New York City in 1920 as an accomplished artist. He summered in Martha’s Vineyard and became known as the Dean of the local art colony. From the 1920s onward, Delbos achieved recognition and success, exhibiting in New York galleries as early as 1923, the same year he first had work accepted to the National Academy of Design, an institution which would feature the artist’s work nearly every year until 1965.

Delbos exhibited extensively in the 1930s through the 1950s at major museums and institutions including the Corcoran Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society of Independent Artists. It is likely Delbos painted the present work in the few years prior to his election as an Associate of the National Academy of Design, New York City, in 1945 (he became a full Academician in 1948). Untitled (Farm in Winter) bears the hallmarks of early 1940s American Scene painting with its simplified realism and idealized depiction of the rural landscape as a refuge from the world's strife.

Delbos was also a member of the American Watercolor Society, the New York Watercolor Club, the Society of Graphic Art, Old Dudley Art Society, London, American Artists Professional League, National Arts Club, and the Century Club.From 1946 to 1960 Delbos taught art in Greenwich, Connecticut at the private secondary schools, Rosemary Hall and Haithcock School. During this time, he also taught art and music at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He was also an accomplished pianist. Delbos' paintings are in the collections of the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Artists Guild, and the New York Public Library. He is listed in Who Was Who in American Art and all other standard references.


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