Joseph C. Pollet (1897–1979)
An important member of the Woodstock Art Colony,
he was best known for his portraits and realistic rural landscapes.
The Historical Society of Woodstock receives a significant Woodstock work of art from Doug James, which he had conserved.
Born in Switzerland, Pollet emigrated to NYC in 1911 from Albbruck, Germany. By age 21 he had a promising career as an advertising copywriter, while studying painting at the Art Students League with John Sloan, Robert Henri, and Homer Boss. He settled near Woodstock. He retained ties in Woodstock even during the several years, from 1954 until 1961, when he lived in Paris and Italy. In 1971, a fire destroyed nearly 150 paintings of his paintings in his Greenwich Village studio.