Hans Burkhardt

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HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
UNTITLED, 1935
Ink on Paper
20 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches
JRFA #3493
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
HEAD, 1937
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 inches
JRFA #1497
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
WAR, 1940
Oil on Canvas
32 x 42 inches
JRFA #4290
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
DANCERS, 1944
Oil on Canvas
29 x 22 inches
JRFA #1488
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
PASADENA BRIDGE, 1948
Oil on Canvas
60 x 50 inches
JRFA #6916
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
FLOWER CONVERSATION, 1950
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20 inches
JRFA #0719
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
TRANQUILITY, 1953
Oil on Canvas
28 x 39 inches
JRFA #4633
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
WOMEN, 1954
Pastel on Paper
18 x 24 inches
JRFA #0255
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
JUNGLE SUNSET, 1958
Oil on CAnvas
32 x 42 inches
JRFA #4832
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN, 1960
Pastel on Paper
35 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches
JRFA #3954
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
REQUIEM, 1966-67
Oil on Canvas
42 x 32 inches
JRFA #9805
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
WANDERING SOULS, 1967
Oil on Canvas
42 x 32 inches
JRFA #2117
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
SILENT SOUNDS, 1968
Mixed Media Drawing on Paper
30 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches
JRFA #9744
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
FAR AWAY, 1990
Oil and Collage on Canvas
32 x 42 inches
JRFA #2341
HANS BURKHARDT (1904-1994)
REQUIEM, 1993
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
42 x 32 inches
JRFA #3387

Biography

Hans Burkhardt was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1904, emigrating to New York in 1924. Upon his arrival to New York, he became associated with the pioneers of what was to later emerge as the New York School, Arshile Gorky and Willem De Kooning. He shared Gorky's studio between 1928 and 1937.

In 1937, arriving in Los Angeles, Burkhardt represented the most direct link to the New York School. In Los Angeles, he independently pursued his Abstract Expressionist style, often anticipating the work of his contemporaries and later artists on the East Coast and in Europe. His first solo exhibition in 1939 at the Stendahl Gallery was at the suggestion of Lorser Feitelson, who was responsible for Burkhardt's inclusion in numerous national exhibitions. As Director of the L.A. Art Association, Feitelson chose Burkhardt to be the first artist afforded a solo show by the Association. Burkhardt's paintings spanned the range of human emotion, and while perhaps having painted the most provocative body of work on the subject of war, spanning the Spanish Civil War through his final works of the 1990s, his ouevre was balanced by works of celebration. While Los Angeles art in the 1960s was seduced by California Light, Hard Edge, Minimalism and Pop Art, Burkhardt, in typical independent manner, created what many now regard as some of the most powerful examples of Abstract Expressionism and is also well-known for his richly drawn pastel abstractions of the figure.

Hans Burkhardt's works have in recent years increasingly been exhibited in museum exhibitions nationally and internationally. He continues to attract significant critical attention from some of the leading art historians such as Peter Selz and Donald Kuspit. Burkhardt's works are included in the collections of such major museums as the British Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Palace of the Legion Honor, Santa Barbara Museum and Los Angeles County Museum. In 1922, Burkhardt was honored in New York by the American Academy of Art for his lifetime achievement. He died in Los Angeles in 1994. The Estate of Hans Burkhardt was exclusively represented by Jack Rutberg from 1973 to 2017.

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