Wolf Kahn (German/American, 1927-2020). Oil on canvas depicting a lush landscape of rolling hills titled "Overview on Ames Hill: Mid-Summer," 1979. Signed along the lower right. Labels from Ollendorff Fine Arts and Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, are affixed to the verso.
Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927. His early childhood was idyllic, and he was able to foster his love of art through painting lessons. However, in 1939, he and his family were forced to flee Germany to escape the rise of the Nazis. Once reunited with his musician father in New York City, Kahn was able to return to his artistic education at the New York High School of Music and Art, and later Hans Hoffmanís School of Fine Art and the University of Chicago. Once working full time as an artist, Kahn was at the forefront of a group of young artists blending the sensibility of Abstract Expressionism with representational subject matter. Overview on Ames Hill: Mid-Summer is representative of Kahnís work in this movement. The landscape is luminous and clearly reflects the rolling hills and fields of Kahnís favored rural retreats. The landscape is given movement and emotion through the expressive, gestural brush strokes in the sky, tree, and hills.Unframed; Height: 30 in x width: 40 in. Framed; Height: 31 1/2 in x width: 41 1/2 in.
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