The Cleveland Artists Foundation
Cleveland Artist Foundation Presents William Sommer Exhibition
Mrs. Sommer Peeling Apples, n.d., watercolor, 19 x 14 inches, Joseph and Elsie Erdelac Collection
The Cleveland Artists Foundation (CAF), located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, OH will honor William Sommer (1867-1949), one of Ohio's finest artists, with an exhibition entitled William Sommer and the Brandywine Vision running April 9 through June 27, 1999. Viewing hours are 1-6 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and during Beck Center theater performances. Watercolors from the Joseph and Elsie Erdelac Collection, CAF's Collection and other private collections comprise the bulk of the exhibition.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, William Sommer's extended travels and studies in Europe in the latter part of the 19th Century and the early 20th Century allowed him to witness firsthand the burgeoning art movements of post-impressionism and the Munich avant-garde. Sommer's body of work, particularly his Northeastern Ohio landscapes, is infused with the principles of these movements and ideas. Later works, such as Still Life With Palette (c. 1925), were influenced by Picasso's and Matisse's theories of abstractionism.
Sommer moved to Cleveland in 1907 to work with the Otis Lithograph Company in Lakewood. He lived and painted in Lakewood for seven years, until he relocated his studio to Brandywine Valley. From 1933 to 1945, William Sommer painted many interior murals for the Public Works Art Project for the US Works Progress Administration, including ones for Public Hall in Cleveland; Cleveland Public Library; the Post Office in Geneva; and the Board of Education Building in Akron.
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