Werner Drewes, ‘Farm in the Woods’, 1933, Harris Schrank Fine Prints

Werner Drewes (1899-1983), Farm in the Woods, woodcut, 1933, signed and dated in pencil lower right (also numbered 1-xxx and titled lower left). Reference: Rose 83. In very good condition, on hand made cream colored Japan paper with an upper and lower deckle edge, 9 1/8 x 11 1/2, the sheet 10 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches.

Provenance: Heald Collection

A fine strong impression.

Drewes, who studied at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau during the ’20’s, with Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Lyonel Feininger, came to the United States in 1930. His early work reflects the Bauhaus emphasis on abstraction, together with an element of German Expressionism; this was a major departure from the conservative and conventional tendencies of ’30’s artists in the US. But he became force in American art – he taught at the Brooklyn Museum and Columbia, was named director of the WPA’s New York graphic division, and was a founding member of Abstract American Artists.

About Werner Drewes

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.

German, 1899-1985, Canig, Germany