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High Summer

1972 Wolf Kahn Born: Stuttgart, Germany 1927 oil on canvas 50 x 58 5/8 in. (126.9 x 149.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.42 Not currently on view

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Wolf Kahn sees his landscapes as meditations on the world. The intense yellow grass and the freely brushed orange barn glowing against dark trees in High Summer convey the sleepy beauty of a hot, still day at his studio in Vermont. Kahn came to understand the crucial role that light and color play in the perception of space while a student of Hans Hofmann, who taught that the optical interaction of adjacent hues generates an internal energy that establishes the emotional valence of a composition.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Architecture - farm - barn

Landscape - farm

Landscape - season - summer


paint - oil

fabric - canvas