Arthur Getz (1913-1996)
Where: West Cornwall
Getz was born in New York in 1913. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After graduation in 1934, Getz had difficulty finding work. Getz sold his first cover illustration to The New Yorker in 1936, though it wasn’t used until 1938. The New Yorker used Getz’s art for its cover 213 times between 1938 and 1988, when he ceased sending submissions.
Under the Works Progress Administration, Getz was awarded four mural contracts between 1939 and 1942. He also painted landscapes and cityscapes in a variety of mediums. Some of Getz’s fine art is signed Kimmig, his middle name, while other works are signed Getz. Some works originally signed Kimmig were resigned Getz, and so bear both signatures. Additionally Getz also published several children’s books and held a variety of teaching posts. Getz began renting an apartment in Cornwall in 1969. His first apartment was over what was then dentist Armand Oppenheimer’s office (the left-hand building behind The Wish House). His second was the apartment over what is now The Wandering Moose. After purchasing a home in Sharon, Getz maintained a studio space in West Cornwall’s Railroad Square. Cornwall featured in many of Getz’s covers for The New Yorker and in his children’s book Jennifer’s Walk. Getz remained in Sharon until his death in 1996.
Image courtesy of getzart.com