Born in Halberstadt, Germany in 1895, artist Emil Ganso immigrated to the United States and studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Ganso’s initial exhibitions with the Society of Independent Artists and Salons of America caught the attention of Weyhe Gallery, who represented the artist for more than twenty years.
Ganso spent the summer of 1926 at the Woodstock Art Colony in New York where he made connections with fellow artists George Ault, Charles Rosen, George Bellows, Eugene Speicher and Leon Kroll. Following his residency, Ganso received a Guggenheim Fellowship which he used to study and paint throughout Europe.
Ganso exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Wichita Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrospective exhibitions for the artist were held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum and University of Iowa Museum of Art.
The artist’s work is held in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.