Attributed to Karl Hermann Baumann (California, 1911-1984) oil on canvas cubist still life depicting a bottle of wine and guitar. "Baumann" written en verso. Housed in original giltwood frame. Sight – 21 3/4" H x 17 1/2" W. Framed – 28 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W. Biography: German born Karl Baumann emigrated in 1929 at age 18 to the United States and settled in San Francisco, where he worked as a commercial artist at Schmidt Lithograph for about ten years. In 1939, Baumann took a position working for the United States government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) as an easel painter. Surrounded by other artists, he began to experiment with abstract and expressionist styles. In 1939, he exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exhibition and continued to show his work locally and nationally at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio. Between 1947 and 1952, he taught as a professor of painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. (source: Askart) CONDITION: Stretcher line visible front of canvas, craquelure throughout, two areas of impact crackle to lower left quadrant.
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