Partner Virgil Thomson

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Hotel Chelsea, 222 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, Stati Uniti
Maple Hill Cemetery, 202 Maple Hill St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Stati Uniti

Image result for Maurice GrosserMaurice Grosser (October 23, 1903 – December 22, 1986) was an American painter and writer and longtime companion of Virgil Thomson.

Maurice Grosser was born on October 23, 1903, in Huntsville, Alabama.[1]

He attended Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1924 in mathematics. Thanks to a two years fellowiship, he travelled to France and Italy where he took up painting.[1]

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He designed the scenario for two operas by Virgil Thomson, Four Saints in Three Acts (1934) and The Mother of Us All (1947). In 1985 he created 18 Portraits, and each lithograph was accompanied by a musical portrait composed by Thomson.[1]

He was a landscape painter and portraist, his more famous subjects being: Alfred North Whitehead, Mary Garden, Jane Bowles and the same Thomson.[1]

Grosser wrote four three on painting: The Painter's Eye (Rinehart, 1951), Painting in our time (Charter Books, 1964), Painter's progress (C. N. Potter, 1971). At the time of his death, Grosser was writing a memoir, Visiting Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, uncompleted.[1]

From 1956 to 1967 he served as art critic for The Nation.[1]

Maurice Grosser died on December 22, 1986, in Manhattan and is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville.[1]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Maurice_Grosser