Saturday, September 5, 2009

Maude Kerns ~ Composition #22, Sharpness compare with earlier works

Maude Kerns is most well known for her "non-objective" art as seen here in Composition #22, Sharpness. However, at various times, mostly early in her career, Kerns also painted landscapes and portraits. She also did some woodcuts along the way. Today's post is a compendium of these works. Later in the week, I'll post a grouping of her abstracts.


Eastern Oregon, Oil

Provincetown, Watercolor 1939

Untitled (Seascape), Oil c. 1900

American Nomads

Chicago, Waterercolor 1939

Old Woman, Woodcut

We Three Woodcut

Edith Kerns Chambers– Edith Chambers was Maude Kerns sister. At one point Maude made the decision to stay in Eugene to care for her sister and mother after her sister's husband had died. So even though she didn't marry and have those obligations, she did limit her ability to move with complete mobility in the art world. In 1951, Mark Rothko commented on her paintings and said "that she should have had the courage to stay in the East and join the avant-garde, she remarked 'Of course, he did not know that a woman can't just do as she wants to.'"

Frank Chambers Maude Kerns' brother-in-law


1 comment:

Gary said...

From this selection of Maude Kerns work, it looks like blue may have been a favorite color.