Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Wolf Kahn: Pastels
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

“Pastel is the dust on butterflies’ wings. It is the milkiness of the haze over Venice or the velvet darkness of a barn’s interior seen through open doors on a brilliant summer day.” – Wolf Kahn

 

Many critics consider Wolf Kahn America’s finest living landscape artist. While he works in oil on a larger scale, Kahn has long been known to mention pastels are his favorite medium.

 

Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927. His father was a musician, composer, and conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Hitler came to power and the family, in time, made it to the United States. In 1940, at the age of 13, Kahn reunited with his family in New York City.   In 1956, he met a young Irish artist named Emily Mason and they married one year later.

Wolf Kahn studied in New York City with renowned teacher Hans Hofmann, an Abstract Expressionist whose art had rigorous concern for spatial illusion and color relationships. Kahn was likewise a colleague of the titans of the New York School. In 1950, he was accepted into the University of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in under two years.

Known for his combination of Realism and Color Field, Kahn works in pastel and oil paint. His works most often are landscapes and his vision of nature. His convergence of light and color has been described as combining pictorial landscapes and painterly abstraction.

After years of monochromatic work concentrated on varying tonalities, Kahn finally gave way, in the 1960s, to intense color. He recalled, “I began to let the color come through on my canvases…my pastels were always intense…”

Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Among the numerous collections where he is represented are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Hirschhorn Museum, the National Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Wolf Kahn lives and works daily in New York City and Vermont.

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Barn with a New Barn Door II
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Barn with a New Barn Door II

2007
pastel on paper
14" x 17.5" (pastel) 22.175" x 25.75" (framed)

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Small Point Maine - the Harbor
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Small Point Maine - the Harbor

1999
pastel on paper
9.5" x 17" (pastel)

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Pale Orange Sky
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Pale Orange Sky

2001
pastel on paper
13.5" x 17.75" (pastel) 23" x 27" (framed)

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Uprooted and Fallen
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Uprooted and Fallen

2004
pastel on paper
14" x 18" (pastel) 23" x 26.25" (framed)

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A Saturation of Red
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

A Saturation of Red

2009
pastel on paper
11.25" x 15.5" (pastel) 21.75" x 27.125" (framed)

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Looking Across 2nd Avenue (NY)
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Looking Across 2nd Avenue (NY)

1965
pastel on paper
16.625" x 13.875" (pastel) 26.5" x 24" (framed)

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A Stand of Trees
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

A Stand of Trees

2004-05
pastel on paper
11.5" x 9" (pastel) 22.125" x 19.375" (framed)

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Looking Down the Gihon River
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Looking Down the Gihon River

2002
pastel on paper
11" x 11" (pastel) 18.25" x 18.375" (framed)

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Seen in Virginia
Wolf Kahn: Pastels

Seen in Virginia

1999
pastel on paper
11.75" x 17.5" (pastel) 20.25" x 25.375" (framed)

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