(Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949, Northfield Center, Ohio)
Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
18 x 12 1/4 in. (45.7 x 31.2 cm)
Collection of the Akron Art Museum
Gift of Joseph M. Erdelac
Sommer married Martha (“Mart”) Obermeyer in 1894 in New York; the couple had three sons. In 1907, the family moved to Northeast Ohio. Sommer drew this portrait of his wife using a realistic technique, but colored the image with high-keyed hues that reflect his interest in German Expressionism and French “Fauve” painters such as Henri Matisse.
signed in ink, LR "William Sommer"