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William Sommer

Landscape with Yellow Clouds

(Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949)

c. 1915

Oil board

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

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
Regional
Rural
Clouds
Hills
Painting
Trees
Ohio
Sky
Cleveland School