The Work: In Praise of Revelyne Red
The Artist: Wolf Kahn
In Praise of Revelyne Red, 1993
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 66.04 x 86.36 cm. (26 x 34 in.)
Signed lower left, titled and dated verso
Provenance: Estate of Lillian Kornbluth
(Patterson, New Jersey/Santa Barbara, California)
Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California
Auction: May 31 2015
Estimate: 25,000 USD - 35,000 USD
One of the highlights of the auction was the Estate of Lillian
Kornbluth, an art dealer in the New York and later in Santa Barbara, Calif. The estate featured numerous paintings, prints and decorative items from an array of important artists, one of which being works
by Wolf Kahn (American/German, b. 1927). Fourteen works by Kahn were offered on May 31 with the most impressive painting, In Praise of Revelyne Red, 1993 (above), leading the way by fetching $35,700 from an estimate of $25,000-30,000, followed by another of the three oils on canvas titled, Landscape with a Warm Yellow Background (below), which sold for $26,180.
The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies a synthesis of artistic traits - the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, and the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. The fusion of color, spontaneity and representation has produced a rich and expressive body of work.
Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. His work may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Wolf Kahn (Hans Wolfgang Kahn)
Born: 1927, Stuttgart, Germany
He immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Having completed his degree in only one year, Kahn was determined to become a professional artist. He and other former Hofmann students established the Hansa Gallery, a cooperative gallery where Kahn had his first solo exhibition. In 1956, he joined the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1995.
Traveling extensively, he has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico.
Kahn is known for his combination of Realism and Color Field, and known to work in pastel and oil paint. He studied under Hans Hofmann, and also graduated from the University of Chicago. Kahn is a resident of both New York City and, during the summer and autumn, West Brattleboro, Vermont.
Kahn met a young artist named Emily Mason in 1956. They married one year later. Mason is also a painter. She is represented by David Findlay Gallery in New York City and LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, NM. They have two daughters, Cecily and Melany. Cecily Kahn is also an artist, and is married to the painter David Kapp.
Interview: 'Six Decades in Wolf Kahn’s Landscape' by John Seed on April 30, 2014 > Click Here Article: 'Wolf Kahn's Palette Gets Brighter With Age' by Benjamin Ivry - October 21, 2011 > Click Here
Title: 'Landscape with a Warm Yellow Background'
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 71.12 x 101.6 cm. (28 x 40 in.)
signed lower right, titled verso
Provenance: Estate of Lillian Kornbluth (Patterson, New Jersey/Santa Barbara, California)
Estimate: 18,000 USD - 25,000 USD