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Wolf Kahn (American, b.b. 1927)


Wolf Kahn was born in Germany in 1927 and found his way to America in 1940. After coming to America, he spent time in the United States Navy. Thanks to the G.I. Bill, Kahn was able to study under the great abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. In 1950, he enrolled at the University of Chicago and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in one short year.

When he left school, he was determined to become an artist. To make his dream come true, he and some fellow students founded the Hansa Gallery. It was in this gallery that Kahn had his first solo show. Kahn joined the Grace Borgenicht Gallery in 1956 and regularly showed his work until 1995.

Kahn loves working in oils and pastels and loves working with color. He enjoys pushing color to his limits. He brings color to the point that it almost becomes too much. It is use of color blended with the Realism art form that makes him unique as a painter. Landscapes and nature are his favorite subjects. Kahn has spent a great deal of his life traveling, and this is well represented in his work. He has painted the wonderful landscapes across America as well as in Italy, Greece and Mexico. Today he focuses his work on nature.

He is known for many paintings but there are three that stand out. The Evening Glow located at University of Rochester; My Barn on a Summer Night located at Hirshman Museum; and Pond in November at National Academy of Design.

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