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Koch, John (1909-1978)



  • Existence: 1909 - 1978

Biographical History

John Koch (1909-1978) was an important 20th Century American realist painter. Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1909, Koch was a self-trained artist who studied art by copying paintings in the Louvre for almost five years. He is particularly known for his paintings of urban spaces and treatment of exterior light. Koch married Dora Zaslavsky in 1935. Koch exhibited widely at major museums and galleries. His work also appeared several times on the cover of Life and TIME magazines. He received numerous awards and was elected to both the Royal Society of Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Koch died on April 19, 1978.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Lida Moser Photograph Collection

Identifier: M2012.001
Scope and Contents

Collection contains photographs taken by Lida Moser of her friends, artist John Koch and pianist Dora Zaslavsky Koch, at their New York City apartment between 1954 and 1974. The collection also includes a small group of photocopied material about Moser and Koch. This material is largely assorted newspaper articles and gallery exhibition announcements from 1960-2009.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1954 - 2009