Cleveland School 2015 | Third Friday Reception

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Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery says
Cleveland School 2015
March 20th, 2015 - May 9th, 2015

When it comes to innovative artists creating powerful, well-crafted works of art, Cleveland has a rich depth of history. Cleveland School artists were known for keeping pace with their national and international peers, often outshining them in the quality of their work.

In the early 1900s, Cleveland artists experienced the strong influence of European Modernism. Henry Keller’s painting, Wisdom and Destiny, was included in the Armory Show in New York City, also known as the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. The Armory Show was the first large-scale exhibition of modern art in America. The exhibition included examples of Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Post-Impressionism, but also showcased the 20th Century European styles of Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism.

These seeds of Modernism took root in Cleveland, evidenced not only by Henry Keller’s work from that period, but by numerous others, including August Biehle, William Zorach, and William Sommer. Reverberations of this Modernist influence emerge even in the work of American Scene painters like Charles Burchfield and Frank Wilcox. Generations of student/teacher relationships, as well as informal interaction and exhibition, have helped to produce a legacy of experimentation and dedication to craftsmanship that persists today.


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William Grauer
Cubist Figures
ca. 1930s
Watercolor on Paper
20 x 25 inches
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By: Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

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