John Ferren
American, 1905-1970
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Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2017
Gerald Peters Gallery at Art Market San Francisco 2017,
Gerald Peters Gallery
2015
Hirschl & Adler Modern at The Armory Show 2015,
Hirschl & Adler Modern
The Permanent Collection: Connections and Context,
Parrish Art Museum

John Ferren was an abstract painter commonly associated with both the American Abstract Artists group with the Abstraction-Création association of artists. Ferren began his career as a sculptor, but after seeing the works of Matisse, he shifted his focus to painting. Ferren never formally studied art, but said that during his visits to Europe he “literally learned art around the café tables in Paris, knowing other artists and talking.” Ferren was active in the European avant-garde circles, and produced paintings influenced by the abstract geometry of artists such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Robert Delaunay. Gertrude Stein said of Ferren: “He is the only American painter foreign painters in Paris consider as a painter and whose paintings interest them.” After World War II, Ferren’s style shifted toward abstract expressionism.

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