One of Gregor Duncan’s greatest strengths as an artist was his ability to capture movement and life. In the manner of his favorite artists, Rembrandt, Goya, and Daumier, Duncan could sum up scenes in quick and lively sketches, making him a terrific on-the-spot reportage artist. He would travel around the city with his pen, lithographic crayon and ink, drawing and sketching on the back of old checks or shirt cardboard from his favorite Chinese laundry in Greenwich Village in New York City. Duncan frequented the Cafe Society jazz club, Stillman’s Gym, and many other venues, capturing the life and pulse of the city in his sketches.

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