Kahn is a German-American painter internationally recognized for his vivid and colorful landscapes. “I am always trying to get to the danger point, where color either becomes too sweet or too harsh; too noisy or too quiet,” he said of his approach to painting.
The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. He never truly commits to one painting style, but rather blends them together creating works that evolve from one predominate color. Instead of finding a color in the landscape, he begins with a color-idea and focuses on the ways the painting springs forth from that hue. Honing in on landscape as an abstraction, Kahn’s works exhibit a gestural approach with added notes of linearity.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, Kahn immigrated to the United States in 1940. Between 1945 and 1951, he focused on refining his skills, studying under Hans Hofmann and graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Kahn’s work is found in major public collections across the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Hirshhorn Museum.
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