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Joseph Pollet (1897-1979) was an important Woodstock Artist known for landscape, figure, genre, and interior painting. Born in Albbruck, Germany, Pollett emigrated to America in 1911 and at age 21 was working successfully as an advertising copywriter. At the same time, Pollet studied painting and printmaking at the Art Students League with John Sloan and Robert Henri (1920-22) and Homer Boss (1923). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1930-31 and traveled to Paris, France; Munich, Germany; and Amsterdam, Holland. Pollet was a lifetime member of the Art Students League; and a member of the Woodstock Artist Association; the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Graphic Artists; the Independent Artists Club; and the Eighth Street Club (along with Willem DeKooning, Jack Levine, Alexander Calder and Stuart Davis). Pollett was also a teacher at the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Center in Woodstock, New York, and an instructor of painting at New York University in Manhattan.

Pollet's work can be found in major museums and public places including: the Newark Museum in New Jersey; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; Dartmouth College in New Hampshire; New York University in Manhattan; Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C.; WPA murals at the United States Post Office in Pontotoc, Mississippi; the Woodstock Artists Association; the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

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