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On Upper Deck

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil and tempura on canvas
Dimensions
W. 18 in; H. 24 in;
W. 45.72 cm; H. 60.96 cm;
Condition Good. Beautifully framed
Creation Date 1949
Description Born in Germany, von Wicht studied the French and German modernists at the School for Fine Arts in Berlin before emigrating to the U.S. in 1923. Von Wicht had his first solo show, of mural designs, at the Architect's Building in 1936. It was followed, in 1939, by an exhibition of his paintings at Theodor A. Kohn Gallery. The show at Kohn was well received by the New York press, and the following year he exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This exposure cemented von Wicht's reputation as an abstract painter. Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, he exhibited frequently in solo and group exhibitions in New York and around the country. He was invited to join the American Abstract Artists and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors.

During World War II, von Wicht served as captain of a supply barge ferrying food to army transport ships in New York harbor; after the war he continued to command a supply scow. Harbor themes began to appear in his abstractions, as in this work, and during the 1950s his sensuously colored geometric abstractions gave way to loose, expressionistic forms.

During his career, he exhibited at the Met, the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, the Montclair Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Butler Museum, the Corcoran and many others.

Exhibited: Passedoit Gallery
Styles / Movements Modernism, Post War
Incollect Reference Number 333920
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