Akron Art Museum Archives
(Detroit, Michigan, 1867 - 1949, Northfield Center, Ohio)
Artist William Sommer spent most of his life in Summit County near Brandywine Falls. Sommer was an acknowledged leader of the "Cleveland School," a group of Cleveland-based artists who were active from the teens through the mid-1940s. These artists formed the core of an art community whose size and activity parallelled the growth and energy of Cleveland during that period. Sommer painted from the turn of the century into the forties, absorbing the ideas of the Cubists and other adventurous artists of that time and integrating these concepts and techniques into his own work. His subjects were thoroughly rooted in the American midwest, however; favorite subjects included young children and farm scenes.