(landscape) by Karl Baumann

(landscape) by Karl Baumann

(landscape)

Karl Baumann

Title

(landscape)

 
Artist

Karl Baumann

  1911 - 1984 (biography)
Year
1939  
Technique
watercolor 
Image Size
11 9/16 x 17 7/16" image size 
Signature
pigment signed, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
pigment dated, beneath signature 
Reference
 
Paper
watercolor 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
9289 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

German born Karl Baumann started his career working for his father as a professional lithographer. He was employed as an easel painter in the WPA and became a noted California Abstract Expressionist and Bay Area teacher.

This early example of his watercolor, done in 1939, is a fine example of his abstracted work of the time, using sweeping lines and a cubist-like arrangement of the planes. San Francisco Chronicle art reviewer Alfred Frankenstein commented about his one man show at the Paul Elder Gallery in 1939:

"These pictures are explosive and smashing affairs, done with great vigor and freedom. His work gives one a sense of immediated, spontaneous improvisation, as if it were all splashed down in a hurry of response to an intense and excited visual experience. His line is swift and clean and flying, his color warm and fiery and eloquent."

 

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