Walt Kuhn (1877-1949)
"Figures on the Beach with a horse and Cart"
Oil on Cradled Board, 9x13 1/2" C. 1915
Some inscription on verso under cradling
Figures on the Beach with a Horse and Cart
Oil on Cradled Board, 9 x 13 1/2"
Unsigned, but bearing inscription on verso under cradling
Walt Kuhn "1877-1949"
A painter and major organizer of the Armory Show, Walt Kuhn is perhaps best known for his circus figure-clown depiction's. They were unique in that he treated his subjects as human beings conditioned to specialized jobs. He also painted still life's and some landscapes. He was inspired and influenced by many artists, most notably Paul Cezanne. And like Cezanne, he destroyed many of his canvases, saving only about a dozen paintings a year, making his work scarce on the marketplace. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and in 1900 first used the name Walt when illustrating magazines in San Francisco. He studied at the Royal Academy in Munich from 1901 to 1903 and returned to New York where he worked as a cartoonist and magazine illustrator.
He was associated with "The Eight" and with Arthur B. Davies, was a the key figure in forming the American Association of painters and Sculptors that organized the Armory Show of 1913 that introduced modernist European art to America. Kuhn was executive secretary of the Association and traveled abroad to select entries for the Armory Show.
In 1941, he was granted a press pass to all of the Madison Square Garden performances of the Ringling Brothers Circus, which reinforced his focus on that subject matter.