Medium: Oil on board

Signature: Signed lower left and right


20 in. h. x 23.5 in. w., board

25.5 in. h. x 29.75 in. w., as framed


Portrait of seated child verso


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 on a national level his name has maintained a level of relative obscurity. 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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