Gottlob L. Briem was an artist known for his Modernist drawings, paintings and etchings, especially of architectural subjects. He was the son of a custom piano manufacturer in Germany and initially intended to learn American methods of piano construction when he arrived in New York in 1926, then to return home to work in his father’s business. Instead, he remained in the United States, taking evening classes at the Grand Central School of Art, where he studied with Arshile Gorky. He lived in New York until 1942, when he moved to Bethel, Vermont. In 1963, the Bennington (VT) Banner reported he was among the artists with one-person shows opening at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, and said that he was “also noted as a restorer of antique pianos.”
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with light remaining toning from former matting, unobtrusive and can be rematted out.
“Gottlob L. Briem.” National Gallery of Art. 2019. https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.33232.html (12 September 2019).
“SVAC Holds Reception As One-Man-Shows Commence.” Bennington Banner. 24 June 1963. p. 6. Online at https://newspaperarchive.com/bennington-banner-jun-24-1963-p-6/ (12 September 2019).
Symmes, Marilyn F. Impressions of New York: Prints from the New-York Historical Society. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. 110. pp. 202-203. Online at Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=8MwcgRuiP_oC&pg=PA202 (12 September 2019).