DescriptionViktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008)
Fall Festival, 1962
Watercolor on Whatman board
22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Signed in paint right corner recto: VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST
Titled and dated on label upper right corner verso
Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Faculty Show," January 1963;
American Artists Group, Inc., New York, "Festival," 1963;
Ashtabula Fine Arts Center, Ashtabula, Ohio, "One Man Show," September-October, 1967;
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design," November 12, 2000-February 4, 2001.
H. Adams ,Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000, pp. 34-5, p. 35 illustrated.
Once Viktor took up watercolor painting with a singularity of focus during the course of the 1950s (due in part to issues with his back that working with clay had caused), he explored a wide variety of subjects, techniques and styles. Henry Adams has noted, "Generally speaking, over the course of the 1950s, his watercolors grew increasingly stylized, with angular lines like those in the work of Lyonel Feininger, which function like lines of lead in stained glass to surround bright sparkles of color." Additionally, there is commonly a certain fracturing and refracting of light and form that brings to mind cubist experiments. In Fall Festival Viktor used this combination of devices to convey a sense of dazzle, not dissimilar from seeing a riot of fall foliage.
Annotated "sn 6655" with website information in graphite lower left corner There are remnants of masking tape around all edges verso. Mild edge and corner chips. The lower left corner is bent. Framed without glazing to an overall size of 23 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches.
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