Gerson Leiber, also known as Gus (1921-2018), was a Modernist Artist who created paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by his life in the Fashion world and by his beloved gardens. His work has been featured in several prominent US museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Gerson showed promise in his high school art classes. Later, while stationed in Hungary in the army, he took classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest. After the war, he studied at the Art Students League–painting with Louis Bosa and printmaking with Will Barnet. Later, at the Brooklyn Museum’s art school, Gerson began engraving with Gabor Peterdi. His prints won many awards and were featured in many one-person shows, including exhibitions at Associated American Artists and the Alex Rosenberg Gallery.
To support the couple during his art studies, Gerson’s wife, Judith Leiber, designed handbags for major manufacturers. In the 1960s, Gerson persuaded Judith to produce her bags independently, and they opened their own business based on Judith’s designs. The now-famous company reflects the couple’s shared taste in art.