Joseph Hirsch Biography

Joseph Hirsch was born in Philadelphia in the year 1910 .  He began art studies at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art,  graduating with first prizes in life drawing and illustration. Hirsch was also awarded the Woolley Fellowship to Paris in 1935, and Guggenheim Fellowships in 1942 and 1943. Other awards include the Third Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy of Design, Lippincott Prize at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, First Honorable Mention in the Prix de Rome competition, and First Choice by public ballot in the 1939 New York World's Fair. Painted, on commission from Abbott Laboratories which presented the work to the Treasury Department, "Till We Meet Again," became the most widely reproduced War Bond poster painting of World War II.  Hirsch was accredited as a war artist-correspondent for Abbott Laboratories early in 1943, and collaborated with Georges Schreibner on paintings and drawings made of primary and intermediate training at the Pensacola Naval Air Training Station for the Abbott Collection of Naval Aviation Paintings. Completion of this task was followed by a 19,000-mile tour of Pacific battle areas gathering material for paintings of Naval Medicine for Abbott Laboratories. Hirsch moved to the Italian front early in 1944, again for Abbott, to record the work of the Army Medical Department there.  He has exhibited in all principal museums and galleries in the United States. Joseph Hirsch is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Addison Gallery, the Boston, Philadelphia and Whitney Museums, and in many private collections.