"Modernist Study" by Sterling Strauser
STERLING BOYD STRAUSER
Oil on board, 24 x 18 inches (board), 33 x 27 inches (frame), signed and dated 1939 upper right, 22k gold leaf hand-carved frame.
An extremely rare and early exceptional work by Strauser; likely to be a portrait of his wife Dorothy.
Sterling Strauser was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He began painting in 1926 in a near impressionist style that later evolved into a powerful Klee-like modernism. Still later his style softened into what one collector of his work termed "romantic American expressionism." He was also an illustrator for "Mademoiselle" magazine and "Unicorn-A Magazine of Poetry." Fellow artist, Russian David Burliuk, a member of the Blaue Reiter group in Munich, said of Strauser: "It is amazing to find a self-taught artist in a quaint little provincial village painting like the masters in the great art centers of the world." With his wife, Dorothy, he was a collector and promoter of folk art, and for many years was a teacher, office manager, and supervisor of the boiler works at the Pocono, Pennsylvania public schools. Many of his sketching trips were into the Pocono Mountains. In 1996, a retrospective show was held at the Lyzon Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. The most recent exhibition of his work, "A Modernist Revisited," was held at the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania from November 27, 1999 through Feb. 27, 2000.
Comprehensive biographical information about the artist available upon request