John Grabach was a dynamic American painter with a strong spirit of nationalism whose work appears to have been crafted with an effortless mastery of materials. He worked to portray American life at a period in our history that, though difficult due to the Great Depression and the coming winds of World War II, appears today as a romantic adventure. Grabach worked on views of the American city from neighborhood to urban center.
In 1981, Grabach died at the age of 101. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC honored him with a one-man show followed by an exhibition at the Graham Gallery in New York City in 1981 and 1984.