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    JULIUS WOELTZ (American, 1911-1956)
    Untitled, 1930s
    Oil on canvas
    25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)

    This painting is an excellent example of early Texas Modernism. Surrealism like that found in this picture is particularly prevalent in the work of Texas modernists from this period. The rhythms found in the composition, forms, and use of line reflect those of the waves of the ocean and create a hypnotic effect. The style of abstraction, which makes use of the ambiguous form that dominates the center of the composition and dwarfs the human figure, creates the dreamlike quality and uneasy mood which characterizes Surrealism.

    Julius Woeltz first studied art under Wilson K. Nixon, Jose Arpa, and Xavier Gonzalez. He then traveled to Paris for study at the Academy Julian, and later the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded two scholarships. Woeltz taught in San Antonio, and in 1932, he was appointed head of the art department at Sul Ross State Teachers College. Woeltz won extensive commissions from the WPA for post offices, federal buildings, and military posts. From 1941 to 1951, he taught at the University of Texas in Austin. One of Texas's most accomplished artists (but little known today), he died a tragic death at the age of forty-five.

    This unsigned painting was purchased at an estate auction of an Ohio State University professor who was friends with Julius Woeltz. At the sale it was stated that the painting was known by the family to be by Julius Woeltz. A written statement from the owner is included with the painting.


    Condition Report*: Excellent condition. Period frame in excellent condition.
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