Rehs Galleries, Inc. is one of the world’s leading art galleries specializing in important 19th and 20th century works of art; with a particular focus on artists who exhibited at the Paris Salons and London’s Royal Academy between 1860 and 1920. This family gallery has had a long and noteworthy history. Begun in the late 1930’s, the gallery was the largest importer of 18th & 19th century paintings from Europe; bringing in close to 600 paintings a month. The firm was reputed to have bought out entire estates and large parts of auctions. Their style of purchasing was so grand that they were written up in The Bournemouth Times, Westbourne, England in November of 1958 when they purchased 60 paintings from one sale.
In the early 1960’s Joseph Rehs entered the business and continued with the then current mission of selling works on a strictly wholesale basis – supplying many of the art galleries throughout North America. By 1978 the gallery moved to a new location on the East Side of Manhattan and began to cater more to the design professional and private collector. Then in 1981 Howard Rehs entered the business. With his strong art historical background he and his father, have guided the gallery to its current position in the art world – one of the premier galleries specializing in important Academic and Realist works of art. As always the gallery prides itself on the quality and condition of the works it offers for sale.
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Current Research Projects:
Julien Dupré (1851-1910) - Catalogue Raisonné
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) - Catalogue Raisonné
Emile Munier (1840-1895) - Virtual Checklist: www.emilemunier.org
Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948) - Virtual Checklist: site under construction
Antonio JacobsenBiography of the Artist
(1850 - 1921)
The S.S. Bunker Hill
Oil on board
22 x 36 inches
Signed, inscribed and dated 1914
(1850 - 1921)
Antonio Jacobsen, America's folk art hero recognized for his unsurpassed contributions to America's maritime history, recorded domestic and international ships as they passed through the age of sail to steam. He was a prolific painter and throughout his life painted an estimated 6000 paintings. Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 November 1850, where, for generations his family had been violin makers. His father encouraged him to practice a similar craft. At an early age he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Design in Copenhagen, however, reversed family fortunes forced him to withdraw. At the age 18 it was compulsory for him to join the Danish military forces, he decided instead, to sail for America. He left his family behind and arrived in New York in the early 1870's. Like many other immigrants, he went to New York City's Battery Park looking for work. He passed his days sketching the ships that sailed in and out of the harbor. Not before long a representative from Marvin Safe Company noticed his drawings and offered him a job decorating safes. His ability as an artist was further recognized as he began to receive commissions from sea captains and ship owners and eventually Steamship companies, to record their entire fleet. The Old Dominion Line, The Fall River Line and The White Star Line are some of the steamship companies that commissioned him to paint portraits of all the ship in their respective fleets. In addition, the Clyde Line, the Black Ball Line and the Mallory Line, the Anchor Line and Red Star Lines also sought his services. The notoriety that Jacobsen received from all these commissions helped establish him as the foremost chronicler of American shipping in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1878, he married Mary Melania Schmidt. The couple established residence, combining their working and living space, in New York City at 257 Eight Ave. Three children were born to the couple: Carl Ferdinand, Helen and Alphonse. Both of Jacobsen's sons were competent painters. In 1880, with Jacobsen's increasing prosperity, the couple was able to move to a beautiful house in Hoboken, New Jersey. This home became a mecca for seafarers and artists as well. On Sundays, Jacobsen would arrange concerts, at his house, of he and his friends playing chamber music or string quartets. Several of the artists that visited include Fred Pansing (well‑known ship painter at the time), James Buttersworth (painter of delightful yacht pictures), F. Bishop (marine artist from New Haven) and Frederick Cozzens (Staten Island artist, who specialized in harbor scenes). Jacobsen's work was sought after in his day, and if he was short of funds, he had no trouble finding commissions. At a time when a certified public accountant was earning forty or fifty dollars a week, Jacobsen earned $150 to $200 with little effort. When lithographs became popular, however, orders for Jacobsen's paintings dwindled and he refused any attempt to commercialize his paintings. As the years passed, Jacobsen's style became more progressive, he depended less on commissions and more on his own creativity. His rigid style softened and he painted imaginative marine works ‑ including racing scenes, shipwrecks and some ocean views. Works by Jacobsen can be seen in most major collections of maritime art including the: Peabody Museum, Salem, MA.; The Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA.; Seaman's Bank for Savings, etc.