Keny Galleries: Works span world of scenes
Elizabeth Trapp For
The Columbus Dispatch •
Masterworks of Post-Impressionism at Keny Galleries not only catalogs the
shift of postimpressionism from the shores of France to North America (a
geographic change spurred by the onset of World War I) but also connects the
lives of five talented artists as their careers intersect at the dawn of the
In more than 30 small works on paper, Gustave Baumann, Edna Boies Hopkins,
Gene Kloss, Jane Peterson and Alice Schille take viewers around the world with
their collections of prints and paintings.
Tiny postcard-sized works by Schille (1869-1955) include A Mosque,
Istanbul, a watercolor painting that captures the energy of the Turkish
city with its iconic skyline at the gates between East and West. Many of
Schille's other works record scenes from everyday life in Mexico and sweeping,
mountainous landscapes that recall the works of Paul Cezanne, one of the
original leaders of the postimpressionist movement.
Peterson (1876-1965) continues the tour of the world with two works: One
transports viewers to the glittering coastline of Venice, Italy; the other,
New York Rooftops, was painted from her studio window.
A series of strikingly contemporary woodcut prints by Baumann (1881-1971) are
accompanied by his carved slabs of wood that form the matrix for selected
prints. The combination of print and block allows the viewer to see not only
the process of woodcut relief printing but also the direct, raw marks made by
the artist's hand. Baumann's works often take the landscape or garden as a
subject, as in A Lilac Year.
Postimpressionists were often influenced by Japanese woodcut prints.
The woodcuts of Hopkins (1872-1937) -- especially the botanical studies
Acacia and Phlox -- seem clearly inspired.
On the other hand, her Yellow Dahlia and Trumpet Vine
feature broad, bright planes of color that, though created in the early 1900s,
seem similar to 1960s floral textile designs.
Kloss (1903-96), the most contemporary of the artists featured in the show,
created her black-and-white prints from experimentation with complicated
printmaking processes, including aquatint and drypoint.
Her works have a dramatic and monumental quality created by the stark contrast
of the black and white.