Four American Expressionists: Doris Caesar, Chaim Gross, Karl Knaths [And] Abraham Rattner

Four American Expressionists: Doris Caesar, Chaim Gross, Karl Knaths [And] Abraham Rattner

Four American Expressionists: Doris Caesar, Chaim Gross, Karl Knaths [And] Abraham Rattner

Four American Expressionists: Doris Caesar, Chaim Gross, Karl Knaths [And] Abraham Rattner

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At the extreme tip of Cape Cod lies Provincetown, surrounded by sea and sand. Underfoot all is tawny sand, building up into the majestic rolling forms of the high dunes, dotted with scrub pine and beach plum -- a world shaped by the sea wind, as lonely and fantastic as the desert or the mountain- top.

Here Karl Knaths has lived all the forty years of his creative life since leaving his native Wisconsin. Now sixty-seven, Knaths is big and sturdy, with ruddy weathered complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair a little grayed -- a face that shows his German ancestry, and that might appear in a Cranach portrait. In flannel jersey and peaked fisherman's cap, he looks more like a house painter than the conventional idea of an artist. He is a man of genuine simplicity, utterly without pretense, giving a sense of deep kindliness, integrity and inner peace. In the enthusiasm and insight with which he talks about painting one recognizes a lifetime devoted singlemindedly to art.

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