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Werner Drewes

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Werner Drewes (Gm/AM 1899 - 1985) Apparition – color woodcut, 1945, ed. of 30, 8 1/8 x 12 ¼, signed, dated and titled in pencil. This piece is in excellent condition.

“Drewes was born in Germany in 1899. After serving in the army, Drewes was admitted to the Bauhaus (Wiemer) in 1921 where he studied under Klee, Itten and Muche. From 1923 to 1927 he traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, obtaining the occasional art commission in order to support his journey. Upon his return to Germany in 1927 he was readmitted to the Bauhaus in its new location in Dessau, where he enrolled in classes with the artists Moholy-Nagy (graphics) and Kandinsky (painting). By 1930, as political pressure on artists became increasingly intolerable, especially for those artists dedicated to abstract art (Hitler closed the Bauhaus in 1933), Drewes left Germany and immigrated to New York City. Despite the Depression, Drewes flourished in his new environment. He taught printmaking at the Brooklyn Museum under the Federal Art Project, lectured at Hayter's Atelier 17 and was an instructor in painting, drawing and printmaking at Columbia University. In 1937 he was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group, the first formal organization in the United States devoted to the creation of non-objective art”.