Gershon Benjamin 1899–1985

A painter of portraits, landscapes, still lives, and the urban scene, Gershon Benjamin sustained an active career for over seven decades. Consistently dedicated to an artistic expression that was personal and honest, Benjamin was not commercially motivated and never wanted to compete with other artists for notoriety. He viewed his art as a means of expressing personal emotion; as he put it, "To feel is to know and to know is to feel; all my paintings represent that through color, line, and subject." As the introduction to the catalogue from his first solo show, held in 1934, aptly stated: his "theory embraces a precise expressionism" and commented that in his "nuanced studies you will encounter the evasive, evocative personality of the true searcher after the emotional 'mot juste.'"

Born in Romania in 1899, Benjamin began studying art when he was ten, while living in Canada. Leaving school when was fourteen, Benjamin became engaged as an apprentice at an advertising firm, where he learned engraving techniques. In 1923 Benjamin moved to New York, where he began a job working during the night shift in the New York Sun's art department and enrolled at the Art Students League. Among his teachers were Joseph Pennell and John Sloan. Soon after he arrived in New York, Benjamin began to associate with a circle of progressive-minded artists that included Milton Avery, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and Arshile Gorky among others. Benjamin was especially close to Avery, and the two artists would retain a close and supportive friendship and artistic connection throughout their lives. In the early 1930s Benjamin along with Avery, Rothko, Gottlieb, and a number of other artists were promoted by the impresario and art critic, Robert Godsoe. In the 1940s, Benjamin settled in Free Acres, New Jersey where he worked freely until his death in 1985.

Benjamin is represented in many private collections, as well as in public collections including Berkeley Heights Public Library, New Jersey; Drew University, Madison, New Jersey; Griffiths Art Center, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas.

Auction Results Gershon Benjamin

GERSHON BENJAMIN, Daffodills #2 | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Daffodills #2

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $32,500
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Geranium Still Life | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Geranium Still Life

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $26,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Begonias in a Blue Pot | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Begonias in a Blue Pot

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Autumn | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Autumn

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,875
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Early Spring V | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Early Spring V

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Little Girl | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Little Girl

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,938
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Brooklyn Bridge IV | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Brooklyn Bridge IV

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Chuki Watching | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Chuki Watching

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,313
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Country Road #6 | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Country Road #6

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Moon over Wharf | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Moon over Wharf

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Moonlit Building | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Moonlit Building

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Zinnia and Marigold Still Life | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Zinnia and Marigold Still Life

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,688
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Brooklyn Bridge at Night I | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Brooklyn Bridge at Night I

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $3,500
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Gloucester Pier | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Gloucester Pier

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500
GERSHON BENJAMIN, New York Rooftops  #3 | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

New York Rooftops #3

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Bathers at the Beach | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Bathers at the Beach

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,380
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Gloucester Seascape | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Gloucester Seascape

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250
GERSHON BENJAMIN, The Card Players | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

The Card Players

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,120
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Backyards - New York II | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Backyards - New York II

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $3,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, On The Ferryboat | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

On The Ferryboat

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Sally in the Studio | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Sally in the Studio

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,375
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Lower Boughs of an Evergreen | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Lower Boughs of an Evergreen

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, The Sentinels | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

The Sentinels

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $2,000
GERSHON BENJAMIN, Gloucester Harbor #4 (View from Banner Hill) | ragoarts.com

Gershon Benjamin

Gloucester Harbor #4 (View from Banner Hill)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,875