Artist: Joseph Margulies (Austrian, 1896-1984)
Title: President Harry D. Gideonse (1901-1985)
Dimensions: 44″ x 36″
Location in Library: First Floor
Media: Oil on canvas
Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist’s Estate
Description: Harry D. Gideonse was Brooklyn College’s second president, serving from 1939 to 1966.
During his 27 years as president, the college saw unprecedented growth and was viewed as a prominent liberal arts institution with a faculty of distinguished scholars. In 1966, during a dispute with the Board of Education over a planned $400 tuition charge, Gideonse resigned.
Known as a portrait and landscape painter, Joseph Margulies always strove for realism.