1986 Dorothy (New Jersey)
Gerald Coarding was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1911 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. After his military service in World War II he lived some years in Paris. Until 1946 he worked as a commercial artist. After 1946 he started painting on a non-commercial basis. He made several important paintings there. In 1947 he had his first major exhibition at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Whitney in 1955. Around this time, he also exhibited at the Janet Fleischer Gallery in Philadelphia.
He worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City when
a painting was selected (without him knowing)by David
Rockefeller (President of the Bank) for the permanent
collection of the bank. The selection committee
included Alfredd Barr, Dorothy Miller, James Sweeney,
Per Rathbone and Robert Hale.
In New York he had lessons from Hans Hoffman and later
in Paris from Fernand Leger. He also studied at
the Art Academy in Naples.