(Surrealist landscape) by Karl Eugene Fortess

(Surrealist landscape) by Karl Eugene Fortess

(Surrealist landscape)

Karl Eugene Fortess

Title

(Surrealist landscape)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
ink wash drawing with color added 
Image Size
16 x 12"  
Signature
lower right "K. Fortess" 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
artist's name stamped in red ink, L.L. margin 
Reference
 
Paper
wove watercolor paper 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
9977 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

This composition was redrawn by Fortess as a lithograph printed in an edition of 36 and included in a portfolio titled "Trees", one of which was donated by Associated American Artists (AAA) to the Smithsonian Art Museum oin 1967: object number 1967.9.3.

This surreal landscape by Belgian born American artist Karl Fortess was done in the mid 1930s, during the Great Depression. Fortess presents a barren landscape, dominated by a treestump and leafless trees. Within the composition he adds what appear to be stenciled letters and a "1".

In 1937 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) sent Fortess and several other artists to Alaska to document the towns, villages, and remote wilderness landscapes. This image may well have been done during that period.