Abstraction No. 7 (Composition VII)

Werner Drewes

Abstraction No. 7 (Composition VII)

1934

woodcut

Image size 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (241 x 318 mm)

20, proof impression

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This proof impression, distinguished from the printed edition by the richly textured black background, is Number 7 of the artist's celebrated portfolio of 10 woodcuts entitled "It Can't Happen Here".

Featured with a full page illustration in the Drewes catalogue raisonné, p.119. Reproduced: American Master Prints from the Betty and Douglas Duffy Collection, The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C., 1987.

Collections: Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design (Berlin), Brooklyn Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery.

In 1930, Drewes fled the intellectual repression of Nazi Germany to live in New York City. Through this series of woodcuts, among the earliest works of pure abstraction created in the United States, Drewes affirms the artistic freedom which he so cherished. Drewes was a student and lifelong friend of the renowned artist and Bauhaus teacher Wassily Kandinsky, whose influence is clearly seen in this landmark work.