Wolf Kahn
American, born 1927
High auction record
$75k, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Wolf Kahn: A 50 Year Survey,
Jerald Melberg Gallery
Modernism to Abstraction: 20th Century American Paintings,
Debra Force Fine Art
Wolf Kahn,
Miles McEnery Gallery

A second-generation New York School artist, Wolf Kahn paints luminous New England landscapes. Lyrical and vibrant, Kahn’s paintings feature forests and farmlands rendered in fantastic colors. A student of Hans Hofmann and influenced early on by Milton Avery (and the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler on a trip to Venice), Kahn would become known for his unique combination of realism with the expressive immediacy of Abstract Expressionism. His soft, modulated tonalities reveal the additional influence he absorbed from Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse, and Giorgio Morandi. The signature landscapes Kahn began in the late 1960s are grounded in the ethos of his Vermont farm: weathered barns and undulating pastures and tree lines, revealing a spare yet evocative New England aesthetic. He works intuitively, attempting to harness the energy of the human-nature interaction and preferring not to …

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