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Episodes from an Unwritten History: Claude Bragdon and Fritz Trautmann

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River Garden

1921
31 x 29 3/4 in. (78.7 x 75.6 cm)

Fritz Trautmann
American (Whitewater, Wisconsin, 1882 - November 11, 1971, Rochester, New York )

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Staudenmaier
Accession Number: 1974.6
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Location: Not currently on view

In River Garden, we see the two passions of Fritz Trautmann’s life: color and landscape architecture. In a letter to the painting’s donors, Trautmann wrote, “This is a corner of my River Road garden. I’ve made many gardens in my day, but this one gave me the most pleasure. It was built in the ruined foundation of a barn that burned many years ago. As I remember it there were thirteen different levels… It was located about midway between the old River Bend Inn and Balentine bridge [sic] on the east side of the Genesee River.”

Although he lived in the city of Rochester, Trautmann sought rural surroundings in the summer. He stayed in the house attached to this garden in the 1920s; by the early 1930s he purchased and refurbished an old farmhouse and its gardens on Canadice Lake.

[Gallery label text, 2010]

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FRITZ TRAUTMANN: TEACHING AND COLOR THEORY Excerpts from Fritz Trautmann’s writings on art, from the artist's notebooks housed in the Memorial Art Gallery Archives
Episodes from an Unwritten History: Claude Bragdon & Fritz Trautmann Brochure accompanying an exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery from August 13-December 12, 2010.


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