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Still Life with Tulips and Landscape Beyond

Still Life with Tulips and Landscape Beyond

c. 1930-1935

William Sommer

(American, 1867-1949)

Watercolor with pen and ink

Support: Support: cream wove paper; Secondary support: cardboard

Sheet: 38.1 x 28.3 cm (15 x 11 1/8 in.)

Bequest of Dr. Paul J. Vignos, Jr. 2011.131

Description

In 1914, Sommer moved to the rural Brandywine, located halfway between Cleveland and Akron, where he converted an abandoned schoolhouse into a studio that became an important meeting place for modern artists, poets, and musicians. Seeking freedom from convention by immersing himself in nature, Sommer explained, "I believe art should be as spontaneous as the song of a bird."

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