Robert D. Kaufmann: Paintings: A Retrospective Exhibition

Robert D. Kaufmann: Paintings: A Retrospective Exhibition

Robert D. Kaufmann: Paintings: A Retrospective Exhibition

Robert D. Kaufmann: Paintings: A Retrospective Exhibition

Excerpt

In the soul abrasing complexity of this period, it is not too rare a phenomenon that an artist's physical existence outlasts his spiritual vigor. Then creative vitality becomes exhausted and a man goes on living without producing vital work. Whenever it happens that the life of an artist is extinguished while in the full vigor of his creative development, there is true cause for the feeling of grief and loss. This is the case of the brutal death of Robert Kaufmann at forty five years of age by fire at his studio. Robert Kaufmann was thirty five years old before he began to work in art. His life up to that time was one of material and social ease and success but which still denied him any sense of purpose. Within the last ten years of his life he became an artist of complete dedication. Certainly all those who knew him will mourn the passing of a rare personality. Those who did not know him will be able to enjoy the sensitivity, the spontaneous inventiveness and essential joie De vivre of his work.

Leo Steppat
Department of Art and Art Education
The University of Wisconsin

CATALOGUE

SPARRING PARTNER
BIGOT
CHRISTMAS BULL
Loaned by Walter A. Weiss
TWO BIRDS
HEROD
BONE MACHINE
STILL LIFE WITH TABLE AND CHAIRS
MAINE LANDSCAPE
STROLLER
SPRING THAW
ABSTRACT NO. 6
IMPLOSION
Loaned by Phillips Collection
WINTER, NO. 1
WINTER, NO. 2
CHANNEL REFLECTIONS
MOTION MACHINES
OWL TREE
NIGHT BLOOM
KEY WEST STUDY
ISHMAEL
Loaned by Walter A. Weiss
PHOENIX
MARY AND JOSEPH

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