Theme/Style Cubism, figurative art, still lifes, assemblage, Abstraction
Media Oils, pastels, linocuts
Artistic Focus Hans Burkhardt’s artwork went through several important changes – from early pastel nudes, to Arshile Gorky’s influence, and finally to his collage-style skull paintings of the 1980s. He carried Modernism to a new level through the means of fragmentation and extreme depth of composition, creating works which made statements about modern society and politics, particularly to express his antiwar beliefs.
• Born in Basel, Switzerland, Hans Burkhardt arrived
in New York City in 1924. There he became a student of Arshile Gorky at
the Grand Central School of Arts, and was involved with a group of European
émigrés who espoused Abstract Expressionism.
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