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Stanley Meltzoff ( 1917–2006 )

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Born in 1917, in New York, Stanley Meltzoff strove to make pictures from the moment he could hold a pen. Meltzoff attended the City College of New York at fifteen, where he studied science, but nightly attended Meyer Schapiro’s art history lectures. Following graduation, Meltzoff worked as a teaching assistant.

With the newly founded art history program at NYU, Meltzoff discovered an outlet to further his artistic education. He received his Master’s degree in art history and studied under Erwin Panofsky, Walter Friedlander and Meyer Schapiro. Throughout his education and continued teaching of science, anatomy, and the like, Meltzoff persisted in drawing and painting on his own.

Meltzoff was then drafted in WWII and sent to North Africa, where fortuitously the Army Newspaper Stars & Stripes began. Meltzoff spent the remainder of the war working as an illustrator and war correspondent. Following the war, Meltzoff taught at the City College of New York and then at Pratt. He spent the subsequent years working as an illustrator for magazines, newspapers, and even book covers. His work graced the likes of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and National Geographic. 

Despite this commercial success, it was not until the 1960’s that Meltzoff found his true and career defining muse. Meltzoff had been travelling to the Jersey shore for the summers throughout his life. It was there beneath the waves that a lifelong hobby of diving and fishing met with his passion for picture making, and led him to create the marine paintings he is most famous for today.

 

Artist Works

Lot 173
(2014)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Blue Marlin 21 (1976)
oil on board
30 x 30 in
$52,650
Lot 175
(2014)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Autumn Hunter and Pointers ()
oil on board
26 x 20 in
$42,000
Lot 169
(2015)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
White Marlin 7 - Three White Marlin and Needlefish (2006)
oil on board
22 x 31 3/4 in
$38,025
Lot 224
(2010)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Bluefin at Ballyhoo (1979)
oil, acrylic, and gouache on board
24 x 34 in
$31,625
Lot 317
(2016)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
The Lord of Barcajon Channel (2004)
oil on Belgian linen on board
31 3/4 x 41 in
$26,325
Lot 221
(2010)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
White Marlin (1986)
oil on board
25 x 47 in
$21,850
Lot 316
(2016)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Blue Marlin #29 (Blue Marlin & Cyanea) (2001)
oil on Belgian Linen on board
6 x 11 7/8 in
$10,530
Lot 223
(2010)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Three Sailfish Acrobats with Needlefish (1978)
oil, acrylic, and gouache on linen mounted on board
24 x 24 in
$9,200
Lot 314
(2016)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Jacks & Squid (Jacks 1) (1997)
oil on canvas on board
8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
$8,775
Lot 222
(2010)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Bonefish (1988)
oil on canvasboard
12.5 x 16.5 in
$7,475
Lot 171
(2015)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Eider Duck Shoot ()
oil on board
36 x 40 3/8 in
$30,000–$40,000
Lot 269
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Swordfish 3 (1988)
oil on board
31 x 47 1/2 in
$40,000–$60,000
Lot 268
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Wahoo 4 ()
oil on board
32 x 32 in
$43,875
Lot 270
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Black Marlin 11 (2001)
oil on board
9 x 15 in
$9,945
Lot 271
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Striped Marlin 11 (2001)
oil on board
8 3/8 x 12 in
$11,700
Lot 273
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Bluefin 37 (2006)
oil on board
21 1/2 x 25 1/2 in
$29,250
Lot 272
(2017)
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
Striped Marlin 12 (2004)
oil on canvas mounted on board
20 1/2 x 37 1/2 in
$32,175