This is a work by a significant and interesting figure in the history of early 20th century art and culture.......a watercolor and gouache painting, 14 1/2" by 21" (and 2" wide frame), signed at lower right in pencil "Charles R. Hulbeck" and dated "42". I did some research and determined that that name was a pen name for RICHARD HUELSENBECK (1892-1974), one of the earliest founders and participants in the Dada phenomenon in the teens and 1920's. Huelsenbeck counted among his friends the artists Georg Grosz, Hannah Hoch, Hans Arp and other notables. He was born in Germany, became active in Zurich and Berlin in the Dada movement after the end of World War I, wrote about Dada and expressionist art and literature. Late in life he wrote a book, "Memoirs of a Dada Drummer" and practiced Jungian psychoanalysis in New York. See the net for much, much more on this individual. This watercolor has a modern, somewhat expressionist feeling if you study the spiky trees. Not many works by Huelsenbeck have changed hands in the auction market. It appears that art history hasn't yet fully recognized the artist's contribution to 20th century culture. This work stands on its own; the fascinating early twentieth century history of the artist is a bonus. Condition is excellent, no water damage or foxing, and only very light rippling of the paper, visible mainly from the reverse side.
RICHARD HUELSENBECK (1892-1974) modern watercolor landscape painting dated 1942 by one of the founders of early 20th century Dada movement