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Composition #45

A work made of watercolor, with pen and black ink, over graphite on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of watercolor, with pen and black ink, over graphite on cream wove paper.

Date:

1933

Artist:

Paul Kelpe
American, 1902-1985

About this artwork

Paul Kelpe studied art in Hanover, Germany, before moving to the United States in 1925. By then he had already established a personal style of geometric abstraction, distinguished by smooth surfaces and areas of glowing color. He was a founding member of American Abstract Artists in New York. In the 1930s, Kelpe worked in a social realist style for the Federal Art Project, but he remained committed to abstraction, which he practiced in three-dimensional constructions as well as in watercolors such as this one. The artist settled in Chicago for a time, earning a doctoral degree in art history.

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Artist

Paul Kelpe

Title

Composition #45

Origin

United States

Date

1933

Medium

Watercolor, with pen and black ink, over graphite on cream wove paper

Dimensions

229 x 162 mm

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Gertrude Abercrombie

Reference Number

1978.482

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