A painter of the rural American landscape, Wolf Kahn is known today as one of its most poetic and fearless living interpreters. Manifesting an Abstract Expressionist enthusiasm for paint and gesture, his glowing landscapes evoke feelings of nostalgia, fantasy, and wonder. These works, created in this late stage of his career showcase Kahn at his most daring, reductive, and concise; together they demonstrate the culmination and refinement of his craft over the course of his acclaimed seven-decade career. Critics have noted how, as he has gotten older, Wolf Kahn (b. 1927) has only become more daring: “Kahn’s use of outrageously artificial color schemes in the late paintings have appealed to critics who understand his use of them as the continuing innovation of a restless spirit,” writes Louis Finklestein in a recent essay on Kahn’s artistic evolution. The works included in Pastoral Reflections illustrate Kahn’s intrepid approach; their visual language has less to do with traditional landscape and increasingly more in common with the art of Mark Rothko and even Jackson Pollock. “Kahn is an artist concerned primarily with the direct, sensual experience of color – in the tradition of Bonnard more than of Monet.” Peter Schjedahl for the New York Times wrote in 1972; “[His] are not colors that sunlight finds in nature; they are colors that an aroused sensibility finds, with joy, in the act of painting.”



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