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Landscape with Yellow Clouds

William Sommer

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

c. 1915

Oil on composition board

24 in. x 30 in. (60.96 cm x 76.2 cm)

Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mr. and Mrs. William J. Laub, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Reed II and Mr. J. Frederick Seiberling

2004.59

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Sommer painted this landscape, which may be his best early work, shortly after he visited the famed Armory Show of modern art (either in New York or Chicago) in 1913. There he saw works by French Fauve painters such as Henri Matisse. Thrilled by the Fauves’ use of bright color and free application of paint, Sommer began to render his own landscapes with large areas of brilliant color and rounded, simplified forms.

Marks

Signed lower right: "William Sommer"

Keywords
Cleveland School
Clouds
Hills
Ohio
Painting
Regional
Rural
Sky
Trees