Description: John Von Wicht
(New York / Germany, 1888-1970)
oil on paper
signed lower right.
From Ask Art: A painter of abstraction expression, muralist, mosaic and stained glass artist and printmaker, John Von Wicht was born in Germany and in 1923, immigrated to New York City where he was based during most of his career.
In Darmstadt, he attended the Bauhaus School and in Berlin, the Academy of Fine Arts. He also studied in a private school of the Grand Duke of Hesse in 1908. During World War I, serving in the German army, he was wounded, which left him partially paralyzed.
In New York City in the 1930s, John Von Wicht was a WPA (Federal Arts Project) artist for radion station WNYC and worked with Stuart Davis, Byron Browne and Louis Schanker. His murals, mosaics and stained glass are in many cities including the Federal Court House in Knoxville, Tennessee and the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Trenton, New Jersey.
In 1954, Von Wicht was honored with a residency at the MacDowell Colony. In 1951 and 1952, he taught at the Art Students League in New York and in
1953, the John Herron Art Institute.
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Marika Herskovic, Editor, "American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s"
26"H x 38"W (sight), 36"H x 48"W (frame)
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