Werner Drewes
German, 1899-1985
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
Summer Highlights 2018,
Addison Rowe Gallery
The Modern Cut: Woodcuts & Linocuts since 1900,
Childs Gallery
The Left Front: Radical Art in the "Red Decade," 1929–1940,
Grey Art Gallery

Often credited with bringing the Bauhaus aesthetic to America, Werner Drewes created paintings, collages, woodcuts, and etchings in a variety of abstract styles. Trained as an architect at the Bauhaus, Drewes merged concerns with art, craft, and functionalism with Synthetic Cubism in his early work, blending drawing and careful design in highly controlled abstractions. The rigorous design of these images evokes architecture and household objects in the manner of Cubism, but he would later turn towards a freer and more complete abstraction, drawing influence from Wassily Kandinsky.