The Painter and His Wife
Artist DetailsName: John Koch
Birth: 1909 Death: 1978
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1967
Period: 20th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Herzog
A native of Toledo, Ohio, John Koch had very little formal training. He spent several summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he studied under Charles Hawthorne, followed by four years in Paris where he worked on his own utilizing the artwork on walls of museums such as the Louvre as his teacher.
An ardent figure painter, Koch was never tempted to experiment with abstract or other avante-garde styles that dominated his day. His paintings are frequently set in the elegant fourteen-room apartment facing Central Park West that he occupied with his wife. The figures who populate his canvases were often people the artist and his wife, a distinguished pianist, mingled with in everyday life–friends, artists, and musicians.