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August F. Biehle

(1885 - 1979)

Untitled [Imaginary View of Cleveland]

c. 1928-1935

Oil on fiberboard

22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Purchased with funds from Delbert L. Gibson in memory of his aunt, Mina Gibson Burt

1999.41

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This image of a rainy day in the Flats, one of Cleveland’s industrial districts, is part documentation and part imagination. The waterworks buildings along the Cuyahoga River, a spherical gas storage tank, an iron ore bridge crane and the Terminal Tower in the distance were all part of the landscape but were probably not visible from a single viewpoint. The stylized, curvy lines of the water and areas of intense color reflect Biehle’s passion for modern German art as well as his early training with his father, a decorative mural painter in Cleveland.

Marks

Signed LR: "A. F. Biehle"

Keywords
Ohio
Bridge
Painting
Rain
City
Cleveland School
Buildings
Storms