Paul Welsch (1889 - 1954) born in Strasbourg, Germany wounded at the Russian front in WWI and left for Paris after the war. He had a mastery of drawing early in his career, judging by his sketch books and by his late teens devoted his life to art, just before the great war.
The paintings executed between 1914 and 1919 are characterized by" thick and nervous features" colorful and geometric, in the style of Cezanne.
After the war, warmer colors crept into his works. By 1934, it was written: "Paul Welsch rebuilt an "architecture of nature, submitting forms, light and color with austere distinction".
He was one of the members of a group called "The May group" in the 1920's and went on to exhibit in various countries in Europe and whose works reached the United States.
By 1924 he abandoned Cezanne's geometry and Cubism and he turned to a more stripped down style: color limitations (blue, brown, green), simplified but flexible forms and by 1927 the maturity of his style comes to the fore.
He also illustrated a number of books of poetry from Baudelaire to Verlaine.
His is a listed European artist with works in at least 15 major museums, (including the Smithsonian), galleries, universities and private collections. He died in 1954, in Paris and is buried in Strasbourg.
This painting's subject is a stunning sunset over a winter's landscape in the Alsace region of France.
The old frame is partially cracked upper right but very serviceable. The painting is in good condition, ready to hang.
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Frame: 20 1/2" x 24 1/2" Image: 16" x 20"