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    Posted 6 months ago

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    Around 15 years ago a stash of Saul Hanig's work found its way to ebay and caused a bit of fuss due to the unconventional style of this, at the time, obscure artist. After some intense interest in his work among collectors, he gained some level of posthumous recognition and it is now easy to find biographical and a bit of professional information about him, mainly because I did some in depth research and posted it to a couple of art centered web sites and to my art collection web site. It is still possible to find inexpensive examples of his work, which is often very charming. I wish that I had picked up a few more examples back when, but the bidding got a bit crazy after awhile.

    unnamed, Saul Hanig, 8" x 13", watercolor and pencil

    unnamed, Saul Hanig, 8" x 13", watercolor and pencil

    unnamed, Saul Hanig, 8.5" x 13", watercolor and pencil

    Saul Hanig, New Castle, Delaware, ca 1968, (photo by Harvey Hanig)

    Saul Hanig was born 3 November 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania the son of Hungarian Jewish immigrants Benjamin and Matilda Feuerstein Hanig. Benjamin Hanig worked as cap maker in Scranton for many years after immigrating to the US by way of New York City on 15 June 1902. Saul was in his family's home in 1920 and 1930. His name was given as "Solomon" in 1930. He had four sisters. Mr. Hanig married a woman named Theresa who was 2 years his senior. She died in Wilmington, Delaware on 15 December 2005. The paintings in my collection came from a sale of her possessions that was held at Kemblesville, PA. Prior to this sale the family donated about thirty of Hanig's paintings to the University of Delaware.

    I was able to locate the son of Saul and Theresa Hanig who has provided information that I am including in this biography. I have not been able to discover where Hanig trained as an artist, but he studied under Nicolo Cortigilia, Roy C. Nuse, and Rosell Weidner according to his biography from an exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum in 1966. According to Hanig's son, his father had a scholarship to a university to study art, but did not attend. Mr. Hanig's son believes that his father was largely self taught, though I suspect he did attend some institution where he received formal training, but he probably did not graduate. Saul Hanig moved to Wilmington, Delaware about 1941 where he was employed as a sign painter in the advertising department of the Hercules Powder Company. He exhibited at the Everhart Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Warehouse Gallery, and the University of Delaware. Mr. Hanig's son remembers that his father also had several one man shows. Hanig's work is part of the permanent collection of the University of Delaware. A 1942 edition of American Artist magazine notes that Hanig had won second prize in a pencil drawing competition.

    Mr. Hanig's son remembers that his father studied with some teachers who lived in the Wilmington, Delaware area but did not recall their names. He also noted that his father did not travel much and that the subject of most of his work was done in the New Castle and Wilmington, Delaware vicinity. As can be seen from the paintings in my collection he frequently painted scenes from his home life. The woman ironing in the first painting is Mrs. Hanig. Mr. Hanig's son says his father habitually sketched and painted and that it was a normal part of his family's life. He also noted that Mr. Hanig's sign painting was done with a free hand and very precise, for example, he could draw 50 capital letter "E's" freehand and each one would be identical.

    Hanig is not listed in any major art reference book that I have searched. Judging by the list of his teachers I believe that Hanig may have attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for a time. If so, he probably attended between 1935 and 1940. I really like the colors that he uses, and the sense of motion in some of his works. I normally do not like seeing pencil lines in watercolors, as they are usually just a guide for the artist, but in Mr. Hanig's work I feel they are part of the action of the works.

    Saul Hanig died on 19 November 1977 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks raven3766, fortapache, Kevin, Vynil33rpm, Thomas and Daisy1000!
    2. Newfld Newfld, 6 months ago
      Beautiful watercolors and interesting background on Mr Hanig
    3. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks, Jenni!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks dav2no1 and aura!
    5. apostata apostata, 6 months ago
      i need your opinion are concrete tetrapods Shizen or is this an teleological sophism
    6. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for your question, apostata! You are over thinking this, I think. Hanig was an habitual doodler and sketcher. My watercolors are just sketches and, except for, perhaps, the landscape these are just loose interpretations of every day scenes in his immediate environment. The landscape may be an attempt at surrealism, I think. Hanig definitely developed a unique style.

      Thanks for loving my Hanig watercolors ho2cultcha!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      These are great, and yes, the colors!
      The lady ironing has a look of determination to finish the task, which is “right-on” since no one likes to iron…no one!
    8. apostata apostata, 5 months ago
      was just a question about the right interpretation about Shizen , it got nothing to do with the painting i needed your openion for the the philosophical interpration of Shizen
    9. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Ah, sorry! I didn't understand! I will think about this after I have my morning coffee.
    10. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Sorry for the delay in responding, apostata. My indoor cat got outside several days ago and all of my exertions have been spent in finding her. I was able to trap her around 3:30 a.m. this morning and she is now safe. I am still recovering.

      I have been retired for several years and my skill in abstract reasoning has not often been used, of late, so I had to really think about this question carefully. The answer did not come readily to mind. My answer changed a couple of times before I made my conclusion.

      Reading this link really helped:

      So, as a rule, I will say yes they are Shizen. There may be exceptions to that rule based on esthetics. Please do not ask me for my opinion about concrete garden gnomes.
    11. apostata apostata, 5 months ago

      They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
      With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot
      Don't it always seem to go
      That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
      They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
      Oh, bop, bop, bop
      Oh, bop, bop, bop
    12. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      I can’t assess this art at your intellectual level Kevin but wow I do like it.
      Only a great watercolourist can do so much with so little paint.
      Nice biography too.
    13. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Eileen! I sure no that I don't like to iron. I learned how in the Army. I actually bought a small ironing press when I was in my skill training as our uniforms had to be starched and pressed every day and it took forever with a conventional iron.

      You are welcome, apostata, and thanks for the song. It was in my head all day.

      Thanks for your comments, Karen! Good to hear from you!
    14. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Thanks Alfie21!

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