A Stylistic Snapshot

Ashcan Style

Under the influence of Umberto Romano, teacher at Worcester Museum School

Lynchings, 1935

Lynchings, tempera on board, 1932

Transparency

A dramatic change occurred in his work with watercolors in Tortola, Virgin Islands. He began to experiment with the fluid, transparent capabilities of watercolor.

Coconuts, watercolor, 1940

Coconuts, watercolor, 1940

Geometric

His styles can  be separated into four  modifications of the basic aesthetic principles he established in his youth. At first, he is more concerned with geometric form.

Untitled, oil on board, 1953

Untitled, oil on board, 1953

Expressionist

By 1950 he loosens up and develops a  lyrical and highly motion-filled style. At that   time, he also moved to Darmstadt to work for the “Stars and Stripes“, the US Armed Forces,  newspaper. He was the art director  until retirement in 1969 at which time he moved to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Composition 16 Meine Brucke, Acrylic on canvas, 1959

Composition 16 "Meine Brucke," Acrylic on canvas, 1959

Pallette Changes-Mexico

For the next 22 years in Mexico’s tropical environment, his third style emphasized more vibrant primary colors and his compositions simplified, at times reflecting common Mexican architectural and natural elements.

Untitled, acylic on canvas, 1971

Untitled, acylic on canvas, 1971

Pallette Changes-Austin

His last four years were spent in Austin, Texas near two of his daughters. His pallette altered once again, somehow in a conclusive statement combining the blacks and browns of Germany, with the reds and yellows of Mexico arriving at the maybe not so surprising cooler blues and greens.

Direction, acrylic on canvas, 1995

Direction, acrylic on canvas, 1995