Nanno de Groot
|Nanno de Groot|
March 23, 1913|
|Died||December 26, 1963
Provincetown Massachusetts, USA
|Movement||Abstract expressionism; New York Figurative Expressionism|
- " In moments of clarity of thought I can sustain the idea that everything on earth is nature, including that which springs forth from a man's mind, and hand. A Franz Kline is nature as much as a zinnia."
Nanno de Groot was born March 23, 1913 in Balkbrug, Netherlands. In 1930-1933 he went to the nautical school in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After graduation he received third mate and radio operator's papers. From 1937 to 1941 he worked in the shipping business and lived on the island of Bali. In 1941 he was called for submarine duty by the Dutch Navy and was assigned to Admiral's headquarters on Java where he stayed until the arrival of the Japanese. He was then sent to San Francisco, California USA to serve as liaison officer to the US Army and US Navy in charge of running troop ships between the west coast and the western Pacific, chartered by the United States. He was Lieutenant Commander in charge of the Dutch Port Authority in San Francisco. The position discontinued in 1946. He applied for US citizenship. He became a US citizen in 1954.
Nanno de Groot started drawing at six years of age. His father prevented him to study art at the early age. In 1946 at age 33 he discovered Picasso and he dedicated the rest of his life to painting and drawing. He worked for a year as a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. After his marriage to the New York School artist Elise Asher in 1948 Nanno de Groot settled in New York on West 12th Street. He became connected to the pioneers of the New York School. Nanno de Groot considered himself an American artist and part of the abstract expressionist movement. Nanno de Groot participated from 1954 to 1957 in the invitational New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals These Annuals were important because the participants were chosen by the artists themselves.
Nanno de Groot died on December 26, 1963 in Provincetown, Massachusetts from lung cancer.
Selected solo exhibitions
- 1952 : Saidenberg Gallery, New York;
- 1954, 55: Bertha Schaefer Gallery, NYC;
- 1956, 59, 60, 61, 64 (memorial): HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts;
- 1957, 58, 59, 61: Parma Gallery, NY;
- 1960: October, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut;
- 1971: Jack Gregory Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts;
- 1982: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts;
- 1987–2003: Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
- 2007: NANNO de GROOT: EARTH, SEA & SKY at ACME Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Selected group exhibitions
- 1953 Saidenberg Gallery, NYC;
- 1953 Hansa Gallery, NYC;
- 1954, 55: Tanager Gallery, NYC;
- 1954, 55, 56, 57: Ncw York Painting and Sculpture Annuals at the Stable Gallery, NYC;
- 1962, 63: HCE Provincetown, Massachusetts;
- 1953–1964: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
- 1982: Everson Museum "Provincetown Painters" principal collections;
- 1994: "Reclaiming Artists of the New York School. Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s," Baruch College, City University, NY; "New York-Provincetown: A 50's Connection," Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts;; Anita Shapolsky Gallery, NYC;
- 1987–2003: Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Works in Museums and Public Collections
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- Chrysler Museum of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts
- Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
- Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
- Olson Institute, Guilford, Connecticut
- Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
- New York School
- Action painting
- Abstract expressionism
- American Figurative Expressionism
- American abstract expressionism of the 1950s : an illustrated survey : with artists' statements, artwork and biographies. p.86."
- Nanno de Groot : a retrospective exhibition, May 28 - June 30, 1982
- New York School abstract expressionists : artists choice by artists : a complete documentation of the New York painting and sculpture annuals, 1951-1957, p.31; p.36
- New York school : abstract expressionists : artists choice by artists : a complete documentation of the New York painting and sculpture annuals, 1951-1957 p. :19-29
- Abstract expressionist art movement in America video documentation project, 1991-1992.
- Smithsonian Institution Research Information System; Archival, Manuscript and Photographs Catalog, Nanno de Groot
Catalogs which include Nanno de Groot
- Nanno De Groot : 1913-1963, the New York years : 9 September-9 October 2004 (oston : Acme Fine Art and Design, 2004.)
- Nanno de Groot : a retrospective exhibition, May 28 - June 30, 1982 (Provincetown : Provincetown Art Association & Museum, ©1982)
- Paintings and Sculpture (Tanager Gallery New York, 1956)
- Linda Lindeberg, Nanno de Groot : Bertha Schaefer (New York : The Gallery, )
- Rockford Art Museum Reuniting an Era abstract expressionists of the 1950s Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois November 12, 2004 - January 25, 2005
- Marika Herskovic, American Abstract and Figurative Expressionism: Style Is Timely Art Is Timeless (New York School Press, 2009.) ISBN 978-0-9677994-2-1. pp. 68–71
- Marika Herskovic, American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, (New York School Press, 2003.) ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. pp. 86–89
- Marika Herskovic, New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by Artists, (New York School Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-9677994-0-6. p. p. 31; p. 36;
- Nanno de Groot on artnet
- Nanno de Groot Abstract Expressionism-New York School 1950s on YouTube 14:51 min.
- NANNO de GROOT: EARTH, SEA & SKY at ACME Fine Art, Boston