John Von Wicht
John Von Wicht was born in Germany in 1888. He studied at the Private Art School of the Grand Duke of Hesse and at the Royal School for Fine and Applied Arts in Berlin. At the age of 17, he served as an apprentice in a painting and decorating shop, and spent his spare time drawing.
In 1923, Von Wicht immigrated to the United States, settling in New York where he worked for a lithography company and then joined a firm making stained glass and mosaics. It was during this time that he began executing abstractions in a linear, geometric style. During the 1930's, Von Wicht joined the AAA (American Abstract Artist group), and during the 40's his work ranged from abstract to semi-abstract, cubist inspired work.
In the mid-1950's, Von Wicht developed his mature abstract style, which can be best described as lyrical expressionism. It is with these unique pieces that Von Wicht's life-long struggle to achieve a personal artistic breakthrough is finally achieved.
In 1936, Von Wicht had his first solo show of mural designs at the Architect's Building. In 1939, there was an exhibition of his paintings at the Theodor A. Kohn Gallery, and the following year he exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art. During his career, Von Wicht had more than 30 one-man shows, exhibited at countless museum group shows, and won more than 25 art awards.
Oil on paper
17 × 25 inches (sheet)
Signed in pencil