Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965)

Abraham Walkowitz was an american painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Known peculiarly for fluid, elicitations of dancers in question, he also created dynamic reactions to urban sky scrapers, as well as abstract works that numbei: among earlier American cases. Born in Tyumen, in the Siberian Urals, as a youngster' he got with his family in New York. Trainee between 1898 and 1900 at the "National Acad emy of Design and gone schools, he workec in a straight representational style until leavinj for Europe in 1906. During a year spent mostly in Paris, he studied briefly at the Academi* Julian and encountered modern art at first hand, but also traveled in Italy. After his return, he painted New York life in clear scene that contemplate his enthusiasm for the pieces of writing of Walt Whitman, as well as his concerns in postimpressionism and fauvism. In 1909, he shared quarters with Max "Weber, whom he had met in Paris, and by 1912 he was presented with Alfred "Stieglitz. For different years he served as a devoted acolyte at the "291 gallery, where he had four expositions. He also shown in the 'Armory Show and the "Forum Exhibition. Inspired by Kandinsky's example and writings, start about 1913 he made works that are among the earlier examples of nonobjective art. Creation (Metropolitan Museum, 1914), a compound of eight pastels, relies on bright colors and flat, predominately "biomorphic shapes. Also during these years, in hundreds of drafts inspired by modern dancer Isadora Duncan, he flourished upon the linear near to the human body seen in Rodin's drawings. Smitten upon seeing Duncan perform in Paris, Walkowitz extended for years to regard her as an avatar of spontaneity and liberation. He also did paintings and lotteries of New York architecture, going from angular compositions shining his knowledge of cubism and futurism to linear swirls conquering the city's energy in formal form. New York (Whitney Museum, 1917), a tangle of lines held in a light space, prefigures certain works of 'abstract expressionism. After 1920 he turned mostly to smooth figural works and still lifes, near in oils. Reflecting the leftist politics he had long espoused, in the 1930s social concerns came out among his subjects. Claiming he was took in a technological experiment, in 1944 at the Brooklyn Museum he risen a show of his own likeness by a more than one hundred other artists. Time called him "the world's most prolific portrait sitter." Shortly before, he had broken painting because of failing sightedness, which had retarded; his output for some time. He died at his place in Brooklyn.

Abraham Walkowitz Artwork

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