Medium: Oil on masonite

Signature: Estate stamp signature lower right


21 in. h. x 27.5 in. w., board

30 in. h. x 36 in. w., as framed


William Sommer’s Brandywine Landscapes
At one point William Sommer seemed destined to go down in history as one of America’s great Modernist painters. Yet while Sommer remains a superstar among scholars and collectors of regional art, today his work is only moderately famous on a national level. One possible explanation for this omission is that Sommer inadvertently alienated a portion of his audience by refusing to fully commit to one mode of image making. Sommer’s non-binary approach to representation and abstraction is perhaps most evident in his paintings of Brandywine, Ohio, in which Sommer approaches traditional, even mundane subject matter from a Modernist standpoint, saturating Brandywine’s sprawling hills with Fauve-like color and altering the natural landscape to create enchanting distortions in perspective. 

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