Eisele Gallery presents Harry Reisiger: Musical Landscapes. This online exhibition is a collection of paintings from 1991-1994. Reisiger defined his work as post-Modernist with strong Expressionist influences but his first love of music inspired the rhythm of these lyrical landscapes. His painting career began after he was discharged from the Navy after World War II, when he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in evening art classes. His first love was music, but he gave up his trumpet to paint while working full time in advertising and raising a young family. 
Harry Reisiger (1922-2009) painted during the height of the Modernist era in Cincinnati and studied under some of the city's most noted artists. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and later the University of Cincinnati. He eventually became a successful commercial designer. During his time at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Reisiger developed a close working relationship with notable artist Paul Chidlaw. They shared a studio together for many years . Both artists remained close until Chidlaw's death in 1989. Chidlaw’s paintings made a lasting impression of Harry Reisiger’s style and his final body of work. While his paintings kept the influence of Chidlaw they were as well, inspired by his love of music and landscape. “Reisiger’s work is inundated with the saturated colors of Matisse, the composition of Nicholas de Stael, and the touch of Willem de Kooning. Reisiger’s paintings evoke his many mentors, exuding a confidence and energy that, though occasionally crossing into the derivative, never veer into the clichéd” as quoted by art critic Alan Pacaro.
The selected compositions for this exhibition represent Reisiger's later rhythmic style. What grounded the later paintings by Reisiger were the (at times subtle) nod to the traditional landscape. The horizon is evident and becomes a consistent mark of the work. In addition, the color palate captures the essence of the landscape. This can be seen in the bright and saturated greens and blues, and by contrast, in the gray and muted tones of the landscape on a somber day. Throughout these works are the movement and tempo of an artists song and a tribute to Reisiger's passion for music.
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“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, Alan D. Pacaro, Aeqai Magazine, July 25th, 2011, https://aeqai.com/main/2011/07/the-sorcerer%E2%80%99s-apprentice
Phyllis Weston Gallery, Harry Reisiger Biography, AskArt, http://www.askart.com/artist_bio/Harry_Reisiger/11194567/Harry_Reisiger.aspx