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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October - May: 10:00am - 5:30pm (Monday - Friday)
June, July & September: 10:00am - 5:30pm (Monday - Thursday)
August: 10:00am - 5:30pm (Tuesday - Thursday)
All other times by appointment.
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
John KuhnBiography of the Artist
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 28 inches
The artist Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
John Kuhn was born in 1948 and grew up in the town of Hutchinson, Kansas. Fortunate enough to have nurturing parents he was encouraged to draw and study art, something he displayed an early talent for. John took the usual art classes in Jr. High and Sr. High and as he has recently relayed to us: … made Jackson Pollock paintings in the basement, gave cartoons and drawings to friends (some of which has embarrassingly resurfaced recently). After High School, John enrolled at Wichita State University and later transferred to Kansas University in Lawrence at a tumultuous time in US history. John remembers this period quite vividly: College in the late 60's and early 70's was anything but idyllic. The Vietnam War was raging and Kansas University was a hotbed of protest and revolt. I majored in Art History in the Fine Art School rather than Liberal Arts, allowing me to take studio classes in drawing, sculpture, and two-D design. The spring semester of 1970 turned lethal at Kansas University with two dead, the ROTC building bombed, and most of the Student Union building gutted by an arson fire. This was too much distraction for someone who could charitably be called, an indifferent student. I muddled along for a couple more semesters and left without a degree in 1971. After leaving, John began working in the construction field; however he continued to experiment and created a great deal of art. In early 1974, he received a tip from a friend about a job opening in the art department at a local educational and industrial film company - Centron Films. With enough artwork for a decent portfolio, he applied for the job and was hired. Centron Films had a small art department of three people where John and his co-workers designed brochures for the company, produced animated sequences for the films and created props and sets. It was a terrific education and part of his work involved the use of an airbrush for creating backgrounds and cut-away animations of machinery for industrial films. It was this experience that John later built upon to develop his current style of painting. John continued working for Centron for the next 10 years and in 1984, when the founders sold the firm, he felt it was a good time to leave. Throughout this period John continued producing artwork; most of which was exhibited in juried shows and local galleries. Since 1984 he has been working solely as an artist. John and his wife Margie have been married for 28 years. She's is also and artist and the two share a studio, ideas, criticism and try to give each other support. Margie currently splits her time between the studio and teaching adjunct in the Fine Arts School at Kansas University.