A phenomenal original oil on board painting by the well known PA artist Clarence Ira Dreisbach (1903-2001). Measures 18 x 24 inches, actual painting size (not including the frame). Signed on the front of the painting in the lower left. On the back of the painting the number "2306" is written along with "Willows in Winter," the title of the work. The painting is presented in a fine gold finished frame hand made by Hackman Frames. Mr. Dreisbach was well known for his depiction of snow covered landscapes. This work shows his very best handling of winter landscapes. The rich colors combined with the thickly applied paint make this snow covered landscape see alive. Dreisbach's work is continuing to gain the attention of collectors and his prices are expected to rise significantly in the next few years. This particular example is truly a masterpiece! An excellent opportunity to add an investment quality work to your collection.
DREISBACH, Clarence Ira (1903) Birth place: Union Hill, PA Addresses: Allentown, PA Profession: Painter, lecturer Studied: With Orlando G Wales; Baum Art Sch, Allentown, Pa. Exhibited: Fla Southern Col Int Exhib, 1952; St Augustine Art Asn, 1956 (1st prize); AAPL Grand Nat, 1957 (finalist); Burr Galleries, New York, NY, 1960 (solo); Norton Galleries, West Palm Beach, Fla, 1971; Darrah Cooper, Inc, Palm Beach, FL. Member: Norton Gallery & Artists Guild, West Palm Beach; Lake Worth Art League, Fla; Allentown Art Mus; Art Guild Boca Raton, Fla; Buck Hill Art Asn. Work: Allentown Art Mus, Pa; Reading Pub Mus & Art Gallery, Pa; Call-Chronicle Publ Co, Allentown; Swain Country Day Sch, Allentown; Liberty High Sch, Bethlehem, Pa; plus many others. Comments: Preferred Media: Oils, Watercolors. Teaching: Lectr landscape painting, Allentown Community Col; lectr landscape painting, Wyomissing Inst Fine Arts, 1963-1964; lectr landscape painting, Baum Art Sch. Publications: 25 of his paintings were reproduced in Ideals.
This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art" , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.
Date: THURSDAY, February 27, 1986, Page: N03, Edition: Z3 S. WHITEHALL MAN, 83, SEES WORLD ON CANVAS by STAN SCHAFFER, The Morning Call (an excerpt)
...Born in Union Hill in the Lehighton area, Dreisbach studied with the late Orlando G. Wales. He admired Wales' landscapes. He also studied at the Baum Art School, Allentown, where he later taught. He was about 14 when he first studied painting. He was graduated from the Federal Schools in Design. He has been employed as an engineering draftsman, commercial artist and industrial designer. Dreisbach still believes that art opens a new world to those who practice it. ''I think it does. The artist looks at nature in a different way. While driving a car, for instance, I look at something and try to figure out how to paint it.'' Dreisbach said, ''Things taken more or less for granted are seen with a different eye by the artist, an eye more sensitive to form, color, rhythm and design. The artist through his interpretation of these qualities opens his new world to the appreciative viewer.'' Although success can be measured in different ways, Dreisbach says ''if an artist wants to be a monetary success, in other words make a living painting, he has to paint for people not for judges. He has to paint what people like - something they enjoy - something they can look at and not have to stand on their head to figure out or appreciate.'' Dreisbach believes a person can be trained to be an artist. The qualities needed don't have to be innate. ''It works both ways. Some artists are born with it; some of them have to work hard at it to become a success. Once in awhile you get a student who knows just what to do,'' he says. Dreisbach does not teach painting; he does, however, give demonstrations at Luther Crest. ''When someone sees a painting, they ask how long it took to paint it. I tell them 60 years. There's a lot of preparation time; it's not all roses,'' he says smiling...