Werner Drewes, ‘Loose Contact’, 1938, Vallarino Fine Art

Signature: Signed at lower left; dated with insignia lower right

Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1950, Philips Collection, Washington, DC; Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Amon Carter Museum, Texas, September 1992 - August 1993 (label verso).

Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde, Exhibition Catalogue, page 145, plate 68.

Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX (label verso)
Private Collection, Chicago, IL

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