A founding father of American abstraction
Discover The Exciting Works of Werner Drewes
Werner Drewes was a painter, printmaker, Atelier 17 Teacher, WPA Arts Manager, and considered to be one of the founding fathers of American abstraction. In his role as teacher as well as artist he was a driving force bringing the Bauhaus aesthetic to America. Werner Drewes continues to inspire us, even after his death.
Some notable achievements:
- Founding member of the American Abstract Artist Group
- Professor at Brooklyn College, Columbia U & Washington U
- Featured Solo Artist of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
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IN THE NEWS
The German Bauhaus school was by many accounts the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century, one whose “radical approach to art in all […]
By Karen Drewes Seibert On Paper: Journal of the Washington Print Club Published Spring 2017
Small Victories: One Couple’s Surprising Adventures Building an Unrivaled Collection of American Prints
By Dave H. Williams Published in 2015 by David R. Godine Publishers, Boston
ABOUT THE ARTIST
It is a rare artist who can foster the discipline and work ethic, generate fresh creative ideas and continue to produce with the craftsmanship of a true master through a 65 year career, while still contributing to the abstract art culture, sustaining teaching career, nurturing future artist and raising a family as Werner Drewes has done. Called the father of America Abstractism, he provided some of the first pure abstract pieces of art in this country after leaving censorship in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s.
A NOTE TO COLLECTORS
Papers, works of art, photos, letters & interviews by and about the artist are now available online to the public. Hard copies are also available for viewing upon appointment at the Archives of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institute. LEARN MORE