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Lilacs and Books

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Karl Knaths
United States (Eau Claire, WI, 1891 - 1971, Provincetown, MA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1956.60
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Location: Not currently on view

Karl Knaths seldom left his home in Provincetown, where he primarily painted familiar Cape Cod scenes: the rambling lilac bushes that overtake the island in the summer months and the local fishermen and their gear. The 1956 exhibition from which the Gallery purchased Lilacs and Books received a glowing review in the New York Times that predicted, “Knaths’ work may well be part of the work of our time that is likely to endure.” Despite his popularity in the 1950s, his lyrical style was eclipsed in the annals of history by the muscular, dripping abstractions of Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Artist's signature, lower left: Karl Knaths

Paul Rosenberg and Co., New York; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1956, out of the exhibition "Recent Paintings by Karl Knaths," Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, November 28 - December 17, 1955.

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