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Artwork by Teacher of Eisenhower and Churchill to be Exhibited at Dolly Johnson Show

Abenstille am Wasser by Georg Arnold Grabone, 1960

Abenstille am Wasser by Georg Arnold Grabone, 1960

Artwork by a German artist, Georg Arnold Graboné, who gave lessons to both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill will be on Display at the Dolly Johnson Art and Antiques Show March 11 and 12.

Born in Munich on September 11, 1896, Georg Arnold Graboné is known today for his palette knife painting style. Beginning as a self-taught artist, Graboné would later travel to Berlin where he refined his techniques under the well-known German impressionist Max Liebermann and would teach at an academy in Zurich.

In 1951 U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was stationed in Garmisch, Germany as the commander of occupied Europe. Sir Winston Churchill encouraged Eisenhower to take up painting as a hobby. Eisenhower followed Churchill’s advice and began to take lessons from Professor Arnold-Graboné. At that time Arnold-Graboné had his studio only a few miles from Eisenhower’s headquarters. For a period of time Eisenhower traveled twice weekly from Paris to Tutzing where he took his art lessons.

One of Arnold-Graboné’s paintings hung in the White House during Eisenhower’s term and later the former president hung one of the paintings, “Zugspitze” in his home in Gettysburg.

Through Eisenhower, Professor Arnold-Graboné eventually became acquainted with Sir Winston Churchill who was interested in the artist’s spatula technique and asked him for some tutelage. The two of them spent several weeks one summer in the early 1950s painting together on the Isle of Man.

Graboné died on October 2, 1982 near Starnberg in Bavaria. The Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC. showcased an exhibit of Graboné’s work in 2009.

The work will be displayed in the booth of Urban Art & Antiques of Grapevine, Texas. For more information see

About the Dolly Johnson Antiques and Art Show

The Dolly Johnson Show is the oldest antique show in the American west. The 48th Annual Dolly Johnson Antique & Art Show runs Friday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Happy Hour Party 4-7 p.m.) and on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Admission is $7 for adults, good both days, and free for children. The show’s 2011 Benefit Booth supports the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For more information, ticket discount coupon and a link to the show blog, see

Abenstille am Wasser by Georg Arnold Grabone, 1960

Abenstille am Wasser by Georg Arnold Grabone, 1960

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