Born in Hungary, Grunwald moved to the United States in 1921 and settled in the New York area. A prodigy of New York's Art Students League, his work spanned many modern American movements from the WPA to Abstract Expressionism. During his lifetime, Grunwald exhibited alongside other popular artists such as Paul Klee, Jean Arp, Max Ernst and Charles Burchfield.
A highly prolific artist, it was said that Samuel Grunvald painted every day of his life. His favored medium was watercolor and he painted most often in series. Some of his popular themes included: New York scenes, genre paintings, the American countryside and the abstract. Skyline, East River is a lively, and somewhat abstracted rendering of the bustling metropolitan city of New York. Grunvald painted his buildings in a strong linear fashion against a patterned arrangement of planes and color. His strong and distinct colors and bold brushstrokes exude a sense of dynamism and energy and reflect a strong Modernist influence.
Gloria Kleinberg, Riverdale, NY