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Winold Reiss



 

Winold Reiss

(1886-1953) early modernist in 20th Century American Art and Design.
 

Winold Reiss (1886-1953) was born  in Karlsrune, Germany. He was the second son of Fritz Reiss (1857-1914) who as a well-known landscape artist. Reiss was a portraitist and his philosophy was that an artist must travel to find the most interesting subjects.

In his early years he traveled within Germany with his father who studied peasants of particular types that he wanted to draw or paint. This helped form many of Reiss' ideas about subject matter for portraiture.

Reiss came to America in 1913 and was captivated by Native Americans. It was an interest and subject matter throughout his entire career. He was a success very early, lecturing before the Art Students League and even founding a publication, Modern Art Collector.

Reiss returned once to Germany in 1921 but only as a visit; coming once again to New York City in 1922.

Reiss also illustrated Alain Locke's The New Negro, an important book about African American culture.

His most outstanding commission was for the work performed on the Cincinnati Union Terminal (now known as the Cincinnati Museum Center) in 1933. He blended Art Deco with portraiture which captured the history of Cincinnati through its people. Fourteen murals from the passenger concourse were removed to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1973, where they can be seen by airport users.

Winold Reiss was a leader who devoted most of his life towards painting a much broader cross section of ethnic diversity in America, in a compassionate and objective manner, than any artist before him.

He died on August 29, 1953 in New York City.

 

 


Turtle
1920


 

Girl with Black Curls


 

Portrait
1917


 

Woman and Girl from Kirchzarten


 

Congo
1925


 

Elise Johnson McDougald


 


Nenauaki , Queen Woman


 


Portrait of a Young Woman


 

Jpanese Woman (Tama)


 

Eagle Ribs


 

Erika Lohmann


 

Sally Geyger


 

Young Woman in Black Stole


 


Chewing Black Bones



 


Dan Bull Plume


 

Louis XV
Mural, Chanin Building Longchamps


 

The Patio
 
Restaurant Hess Bros. Mexican Mural,
 Department Store, Allentown, Pennsylvania (detail)


 

Buffalo Dance
Mural, Restaurant Longchamps, Washington, D.C.


 

Sign Talkers
Mural, Restaurant Longchamps, Washington


 

Sketches for Mural in Santa Fe Ticket Office, Kansas City, Missouri


 

Stamping Mill, Virginia City, Nevada


 

Old Shed, Arkansas


 

Rotunda Murals


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
1946


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
(detail)


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
(detail)


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
(detail)


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
(detail)


 

Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Entrance, Facade
Mosaic Murals
(detail)


 

Exhibition Invitation, Anderson Galleries
1922
 

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