Robert Kaess Astract Oil on Canvas Blue & Orange

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Robert Kaess Astract Oil on Canvas Blue & Orange

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Robert Kaess abstract painting in brown, orange and blue with floating beech frame.   
37.5”w 49.5”ht; image: 36”w 47.75”ht 
Signed and dated R. Kaess '60, lower right.    
Details: Rare example of the fine work Kaess produced during his brief but fertile career in the fifties.
The minimalism of this work and Eastern flavor-along with its ineterplanetary subject conveys a vision that feels much more contemporary and forward than what one would typically encounter in fifties abstracts. Works from this time period tend to appear more labored, complex or schematic.
This painting's simplicity-it's reductive syntax "feels," like it could have been painted in the sixties or even the eighties.
Kaess studied at the University of California under Earle Loran, John Haley, and Margaret Petersen. He earened his B.F.A. in 1948 and an M.F.A. in 1950. In 1952, Kaess traveled to Europe to continue his art studies and painting. He produced a good number of strong paintings during his short career.
In 1960 Kaess's career as an artist was cut short with the development of an allergy to oil paint which forced him give up painting. He then returned to school at Berkeley to study medicine.

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