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An Abstract Expressionist-style Bauhaus oil on canvas

painting by Xanti Schawinsky,1957

A wonderful, small abstract work by the highly-respected Bauhaus artist and teacher, Xanti Schawinsky (1904-1979). Schawinsky was born in Switzerland to a family of Polish Jews.

He enrolled at the Bauhaus in 1924 and focused on painting, photography and theater. In the late 1920’s, he began teaching at the Bauhaus until he was forced by the growing political turmoil in Germany to move to Italy in 1933. He lived there until 1936 when he was invited to join the faculty of the prestigious Bauhaus group headed by Walter Gropius, Josef Albers and Mies van der Rohe then in residence at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College.

After two years at Black Mountain, Schawinksy moved to New York City where he worked as a freelance graphic designer and painter for the rest of his life, regularly returning to Black Mountain in the summers to teach. This painting from 1957 shows the influence of the American Abstract Expressionist movement on this European avant-garde artist. The painting is oil on canvas, measures 8” by 7” and is signed “Xanti” at lower left and signed “Xanti Schawinsky”, dated “1957” and inscribed “Cape Cod” on the verso. It is framed in a brushed aluminum modernist frame by Goldleaf Framemakers of Santa Fe.

Price $2,475

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