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KURT FEUERHERM (1925-) delicate modernist ink drawing of trees and rooftops by acknowledged artist
This is a delicate ink drawing on paper, the subject bare trees and the vague outlines of roofs and chimneys, the work measuring 8 5/8" by 11" (14 1/2" by 16 1/2" framed), signed in ball point pen at lower right and dated there "50". The drawing is a very early piece within the artist's body of work, created when he was only 25 years old. The branches of the spindly tree at right center remind a bit of Klee. Feuerherm was born in 1925 and at age 90 continues to produce work in a number of media including ceramics. A widely traveled man, the artist has considered himself a keen observer of the natural world, which he incorporates into much of his art. Feuerherm was a professor at Empire State College, part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. He also taught in Florence, Italy. A fellowship at Yale with such luminaries of twentieth century art as Josef Albers, Stuart Davis, Louis Kahn, and Naum Gabo, is part of Feuerherm's impressive resume. For a long time he was a resident of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, and more recently he has resided in Rochester, New York. Major museums hold his work as part of their permanent collections, and he has been widely exhibited. **The delicate work is very difficult to photograph, the lines being so relatively faint (not from fading, it is just simply how the artist drew the work). I have tried my best to provide sufficiently illustrative images. The second brownish-looking image was taken in artificial light, in hopes that the contrast is more pronounced; but that is not the true color.*** The paper appears to have been laid on the board as it does not lie perfectly flat.
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