30s Robert Von Neumann Woodblock Print Wisconsin Artist

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  • Sold Date: Sep 30, 2009
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You will be bidding on a wonderful woodblock or woodcut print. It is from well listed Milwaukee Wisconsin Artist, Robert Von Neumann. It is a NICE WPA era, circa 1920s or 30s , scene, titled "Great Lakes Harbor", with pencil. Also, it is pencil signed "Rbt. V. Neumann", lower right. It measures 8 1/2" x 11". It has no tears, and looks to be on hand made paper? T is slight toning to margins, and foxing as pictured, that needs to be cleaned. This is a wonderful regionalist work by this artist. below is a great bio we googled by, janet treacy. See our other auctions, and check back daily for updates to our EBAY STORE! Please email with any questions you may have. Winning bidder is to include $9.00 shipping. Thanks for looking and good luck. Robert von Neumann 1888 - 1976by Janet Treacy This retrospective celebrates the life and work of one of the leading artists and teachers of twentieth century Wisconsin. Like so many of his peers and predecessors, Robert von Neumann came to Milwaukee from Germany bringing both artistic talent and exceptional technical ability. He was a prolific painter and printmaker and became one of the most influential teachers to a host of key Wisconsin artists. During his long and productive career, he made paintings, drawings, prints and watercolors. He was passionate about creating his artwork and as well as passing on traditions of art to his students. Robert Franz von Neumann was born September 10, 1888, in Rostock, Germany, a port on the Baltic Sea. Little is known of his life before he began his art education at the United State Schools for Applied Arts in Berlin w he studied with acclaimed artists Bruno Paul and Emil Orlik. He developed skills that certified him as a noted freelance designer and illustrator. During World War I he served for four years in the German infantry but was discharged in 1919 with serious wounds that necessitated an artificial foot. After the war he returned to Berlin and Weimar for more studies. In 1926, with his first wife, Katherina and young son, Robert Jr., von Neumann immigrated to the United States and settled in Milwaukee. He immediately found work as a staff artist at the Milwaukee Journal Company and for Perry-Gugler Engraving Corporation. He taught at the Layton School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, but the major portion of his teaching life, from 1930 until his retirement in 1959, he held his position at Milwaukee State Teacher's College, now the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, he was on the faculty at Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, Michigan. His active career stretched into the 1970s, as he continued to sell his work and to keep in contact with fellow artists and the artistic community. During the 1930s, Regionalism grew as an artistic movement in America. It was a time that artists focused on their day-to-day American life experience. Artwork took on regional characteristics, documenting the look and feel of the time. Von Neumann observed and understood all of this; he did not subscribe to the newer "Modernism." He witnessed the population shifting from the farm to urban settings. Works often took on a limited palette and somewhat somber tone. Strong visual compositions featured line, color and pattern and works of this period remain as an important record of the 1930s and 1940s. Changing economic conditions brought financial hardships to artists in the years between the Depression and World War II. Fortunately, many of Wisconsin's dedicated artists of that era found excellent teaching positions, including Gustave Moeller, Emily Groom, Elsa Ulbricht, Santos Zingale and Joseph Friebert as well as Robert von Neumann. These artists fostered a nurturing atmosp by taking pride in their community and by traveling together, often on Sundays, to sketch local scenes. Von Neumann's long career as an educator is very impressive. He came to the art faculty at Milwaukee State Teacher's College, after the death of the highly respected, Gustave Moeller. He taught countless art students and became their much l...