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Figure Study

William Sommer

(Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949, Northfield Center, Ohio)

1929

Watercolor, pastel, ink and graphite on paper

14 in. x 19 7/8 in. (35.56 cm x 50.48 cm)

Gift of Carolyn and Norman Carr

1982.4

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Influenced by European modernism, including Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism, Sommer assimilated these art movements and combined them with Midwestern imagery to create his own unique style. Music (Bach and Wagner were his favorites), philosophy, literature and his friendship with poet Hart Crane also helped develop the artist’s aesthetic.

Keywords
American
Cleveland School
Group
Nude
Regional
Watercolor