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Owen J. Gromme (American, 1896 - 1991) Oil Painting of Wild Turkeys will be offered for sale in Manor Auction's February Fine Art Catalog Auction. Gromme, an accomplished wildlife artist, gave this painting to a friend in Thomasville Georgia, where Gromme often spent time visiting and exhibiting. The piece has been with the family since Gromme gave it to them years ago. The painting is fantastically executed having extreme attention to detail and vibrant color. The artwork is expected to fetch in excess of $5000 USD in the auction.
Manor Auctions February 2011: Fine Art Catalog Auction: Lot 73048:
OWEN J GROMME - OIL ON CANVAS OF WILD TURKEYS Very well executed oil on canvas, signed lower right "O. J. GROMME. 43". An early Gromme study of turkeys. Owen Gromme (1896 - 1991). 20th Century 1943 Size: 24 x 30" Condition: Good, minor restoration needed
Gromme worked as a taxidermist at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago and later at the Milwaukee County Museum as a taxidermist, collector, photographer, movie editor, background painter, botanist, geologist, sculptor, and curator. He won the Federal Duck Stamp competition in 1945. Known as The "Dean of American Wildlife Artists" Gromme served as president of the Wetlands for Wildlife organization.
Owen J. Gromme was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on July 5, 1896. He was a hunter and outdoorsman from early youth. Many of his works reflect his great interest in Birds. Gromme often painted to scale, with the use of a magnifying glass for small details.
Gromme worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum for 43 years, retiring from the post of Curator of Birds and Mammals in January 1965. During his years with the museum, he went on several expeditions for the museum, including Alaska, Hudson Bay country and Africa. During these trips, he would collect pieces for large museum dioramas. Gromme often made color sketches and drawings for use in the creation of the displays. These drawings and sketches were the start of Gromme’s serious painting career.
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