"Purple Sunset" is an original watercolor on paper by Martin Kainz, German-American, 1899 - 1982, in pristine condition. This colorful work is 17 1/2" x 21 1/2", matted and signed lower right: "M. Kainz" The overall dimensions of the matted work are approx. 23 1/2" x 27". Martin Kainz was a prominent German Expressionist painter who emigrated to America in the 1920's and worked in the New York area.
PLEASE NOTE: This watercolor is being sold matted and shrink wrapped. I have removed the glass and frame as I believe the work would most likely be damaged due to the size of the glass in the framing of the painting. Please contact me for more information regarding the shipping of this work.
"Purple Sunset" is an exciting example of Kainz's bold work and clearly demonstrates his interpretation and use of bright, dramatic fluid watercolors to fulfill his expressionistic vision. Kainz's work is very similar to other German Expressionists such as Emile Nolde, Schmidt-Rottluff, and Max Pechstein.
Below is Martin Kaniz's biography from the Archives of Askart:
"Martin Kainz, German/American Expressionist painter, was born in the tiny village of Herbertshausen near Munich, Germany on May 7, 1899. Working at an early age in a paint factory led him to the pursuit of art. He studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, 1922-1926, and emigrated to the United States later that same year and settled in New York City.
His first American one-man show was at the Ralston Gallery, NY in 1927. Additional exhibitions of his work were held at the Kasper Gallery, Berlin, 1927; Yorke Galleries, Wash DC 1929, Dudensing Gallery, NY 1932, Weyhe Gallery NY 1935, 1936; Westermann Gallery, NY 1936, 1938, 1940, Lilienfeld Galleries, NY, 1946, Gallerie Kainz, Berlin, 1956; Goethe Gallery, Montreal 1964, Reading, PA Museum, 1932.
Kainz established a studio in Carmel, NY, (Putnam County), in 1938 and lived there until his death in 1982. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Somerstown Gallery, Somers, NY 1986.
Kainz's work includes landscapes, still life and portrait studies painted in a bold, direct, expressionistic style. Although all of his work has a representational genesis, color is the most important element in his paintings. He gained luminosity in his oil paintings by piling up layer upon layer of vivid color. His watercolors reflect strong color contrasts reminiscent of the Fauves and other German Expressionists such as Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Max Pechstein. Kainz suffered a massive stroke in 1975, and when he returned to painting his work was lighter, more direct and abstract. He also produced etchings, lithographs and woodcuts."
Martin Kainz is listed in American Art Annual, Who Was Who in American Art, and Mallet's Index of Artists.