California modernism art

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Image: The Parting by Hans Burkhardt from
http://www.jackrutbergfinearts.com/artists/burkhardt.html
Other Burkhardt art and a bio at the link.

“In 1939, Hans Burkhardt held his first one-man show at the Stendhal Gallery in Los Angeles, set up by the artist Lorser Feitelson. After his move out West, Burkhardt never returned permanently to New York and would no longer be recognized by the East Coast.”
Excerpt from http://www.calart.com/Data/Artists/Hans_Burkhardt.asp .

 

On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950, a 1996 exhibit in West Hollywood and an accompanying book.

“Two works that are showcased in both the show and the book are Hans Burkhardt’s The Parting (1939) and War, Agony in Death (1939-40). These two anti-war paintings are for Burkhardt what Guernica was for Picasso. They are overwhelming works that display an uncanny prescience of World War II’s impact as well as a full panoply of modernist, painterly techniques. Wisely, they are hung side-by-side so that they form a heart-wrenching narrative. In The Parting a father figure bids adieu to his grief torn family, whose world is being turned upside-down. Loss and nostalgic yearning pervade the image. In War, Agony and Death the father figure has been transformed into a monstrous blood-drenched machine of death that faces a strife-torn landscape of countless crosses. In the upper left corner the same family group of The Parting appears, overlooking the universal devastation.”

Excerpt from http://artscenecal.com/ArticlesFile/Archive/Articles1996/Articles1296/CaModernistArt.html .

 

 

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