"The Fun of It"   Lot no. 3423

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By Charles Gehm

40.00" x 24.50"
Signed Lower Center



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A family enjoys a day in Washington Square Park in New York City. The painting is both signed and framed and with the frame measures 40 in x 24 1/2 in.

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While a student at Alliance High School, Mr. Gehm had his paintings shown at the Canton Art Institute and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.  In 1948, Mr. Gehm and classmate Jack Stanley painted the murals that hung in the old high school auditorium until they were moved to the new Alliance High School in 1972.  He was the recipient of a 1948 Scholastic Art Award Certificate of Merit.

Upon graduation from high school, Charles Gehm attended the Columbus Art School on a scholarship.  From 1950 until 1953 he served in the U.S. Army in Korea.  From 1953 until 1955 he attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

He is a member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators and teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Gehm’s illustrations have appeared in “Life”, “Time”, “Newsweek”, “Ladies Home Journal”, “Readers Digest”, and “Good Housekeeping”.  He has done covers for hundreds of paperback books and did the cover painting for books by Nobel Prize winning author Saul Bellow.  He has illustrated a number of children’s books including “Soup”, and “The House without a Christmas Tree”.

Mr. Gehm has done poster paintings for the movies, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Betsy”, “Death on the Nile”  and most recently, “The River”.

Mr. Gehm passed away on June 13, 2015 in Gaylordsville, Connecticut.  He had been living there since 2000 with his spouse Judith E. York, a noted artist and illustrator.  He was teaching illustration and design at West Connecticut State University. 

In 2002 he was selected by the New York Stock Exchange to create its Christmas card for that season.  The original painting now hangs in the NYSE Museum. 

Mr. Gehm is survived by his spouse and Phillip Gehm of Alliance.



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