Theme/Style California Impressionism, California Modernism, landscapes
Media Oils, murals, illustrations
Artistic Focus Individualistic in both lifestyle and artistic approach, Conrad Buff was an artist whose work defied categorization. His work, whether painting on canvas, mural or illustration, became known for its careful design, use of modern paint application techniques, strongly delineated borders, and dramatic contrast between the darks and lights of his beloved Western landscapes. His modernist experiments with stacks of oblong color prefigured the colored bands of Mark Rothko, while teaching Buff about the emotive impact of shape and color.
• Leaving his homeland of Switzerland, he moved
from Wisconsin to Illinois to the Western United States, searching for
a place where he could work for himself. He found that place in Southern
California, and settled in Los Angeles in 1907.
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