Oil on Board - Fall Landscape Signed by German-American Artist Josef M. Arentz (1903-1969) - Patinated Gold Frame - Golden tones impart the warmth of the an autumnal day - 28.5" W x 22.5" H
Josef M. Arentz (1903-1969)
Josef M. Arentz was a renowned painter of maritime scenes, though he also painted numerous New England landscapes and portraits. He was born in Odendorf, Germany in 1903 and came to the United States in 1926, at the encouragement of an uncle living in Ohio. After painting stage scenery in Tiffin, Ohio, he eventually moved to Tampa, Florida, where he and a friend established the Florida Art Academy, a short-lived venture due to lack of funding. He then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he accepted a position with the art department of the U. S. Printing and Lithograph Company, where he stayed until 1946.
During that time, he had a one-man show, and a work accepted for the Maryland Artists Exhibition earned an award from the Baltimore Museum of Art. Shortly thereafter he began reproducing some of his paintings for the New York publisher, David Ashley. A visit to Portland Head Light in Portland, Maine, inspired Arentz’s move to Maine. He owned a home and gallery at 30 Summer Street in Kennebunk, Maine, and for many years also maintained a summer gallery on Wharf Street in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Arentz became involved with the Arundel Opera Company for which he painted stage scenery.In 1955, author Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) stopped by the Arundel Opera House and saw one of Arentz’s ocean paintings hanging in the lobby. Roberts knew immediately that such a powerful scene would be well-suited for the dust jacket of his latest novel, Boon Island. The book dealt with the true story of a 1710 shipwreck off the Maine/New Hampshire coast. Arentz agreed that the painting could be used. He was quoted as saying, “I would rather be a good painter than a famous one,” but the jacket illustration appearing on Doubleday and Company’s 1956 release of Boon Island brought Arentz unsought fame. That painting and the accompanying, oversized dust jacket mock-up were sold to the Brick Store Museum in 1980 by Arentz’s widow, Donelda. In 1992, in cooperation with CosmoArt, the Brick Store Museum exhibited 22 of Arentz’s oil on canvas paintings; 20 were offered for sale with a portion of the sales commissions donated to the Museum. Numerous Arentz paintings are in private collections regionally.
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