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Colorforms in Colorspace #12

John Sennhauser, American (born Switzerland), (1907–1978)

Creation date: 1948
Creation place: United States

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of John Sennhauser
Accession Number: 1998.81
Dimensions: 25 in. x 28 in. (63.5 cm x 71.12 cm)


John Sennhauser, Escondido, California (1948 - 1977)

John Sennhauser and Verna Laura Sennhauser 1977 Trust, Escondido, California (1977 - September 17, 1998)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (September 17, 1998 - )

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John Sennhauser studied in Venice and Florence, Italy and at the Cooper Union in New York City. His early works depict scenes of urban life, but he began experimenting with abstraction while pursuing his education in New York. From 1942 to 1945, he worked as a lecturer and art installer at the groundbreaking Museum of Non-Objective Painting (known today as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), and in 1945 he joined the American Abstract Artists, a group dedicated to supporting exhibitions for participating artists and fostering dialogue about abstraction. By juxtaposing many hard-edges in Colorforms in Colorspace #12, Sennhauser gives the impression of organic shapes, although closer examination reveals that all of the lines reinforce a rigid structure. Throughout the composition, Sennhauser offers surprising color choices by including orange, pink, black, white, yellow, blue, and varying shades of green.
Last Updated: 12/5/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of the United States from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 2/9/2011

Experiments in Abstraction , 11/26/2011 - 2/19/2012

Ortra vez Modern and Contemporary The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/30/2013 - 7/14/2013

Young Art 2015: Visualizing Music The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/11/2015 - 5/26/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 214, Figure Number: 214

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