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Walt Kuhn (Walter Francis)
American
(1877-1949)

Walt Kuhn (Walter Francis)
Tow Horses, oil on canvas, 24"x22", 31"x29" framed, lower left and dated '06 and inscribed "To Paul Branson"
Born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1900, illustrated magazines in San Francisco. 1903, after studying abroad, he returned to New York and worked as a cartoonist and magazine illustrator. Associated with the ÒThe EightÓ and with Arthur B. Davies. Influenced by many artists, especially Paul Cezanne and Raoul Dufy.

Most well known for his unique circus figure-clown depictions. In 1941, he was given a press pass to all the Madison Square Garden performances of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Also, painted still lifes and landscapes.

Studied: Royal Academy in Munich, 1901-1903.

Member: Helped form the American Association of Painters and Sculptors which organized the Armory Show of 1913. The show introduced modernist European art to America. Became executive secretary to the Association and traveled to pick entries for the Amory Show.

In the collection of: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Phoenix Art Museum; de Young Memorial Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Gallery of Art; National Portrait Gallery; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Phillips Collection; Georgia Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Joslyn Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Memorial Art Gallery; and more.


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