Medard Klein

American, 1905 - 2002


Medard Klein’s bold abstractions painted during the late 1930s and 1940s earned him accolades from the national art press and gained him broad exposure through important museum exhibitions in Europe and America. Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Klein moved to Chicago at age twenty-one to become an artist. He studied at the Art Institute in the late 1920s with Edmund Giesbert; at the National Academy of Art under Audubon Tyler; and at the Chicago Studio School of Art under the noted muralist John W. Norton.

Medard Klein’s commitment to non-objective painting, derived from his keen interest in classical music and an indefatigable exploration of the psyche, showed a determined adherence to the avant-garde principles of cubism, surrealism, and expressionism. Klein’s association with the vanguard of American painting, evidenced by his association with the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York, shows the national acclaim his artwork achieved during his lifetime.

  • Klein 251

    Arrangement #84, 1949
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 36 inches

    Signed and dated Klein '49 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #251
  • 1281 klein 1281

    Arrangement #31, 1941
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 30 inches

    Signed and dated Klein ‘41 lower center.

    #1281
  • 1288 klein 1288

    Untitled (Arrangement), ca. 1945
    Mixed media on paper laid down on artist board
    20 x 30 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #1288
  • Klein 7394

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940
    Oil on board
    20 x 24 inches

    Signed Klein lower right.

    #7394
  • Klein 7384

    Arrangement #2, 1936
    Oil on board
    20 x 24 inches

    Signed and dated Klein '36 upper left.

    #7384
  • Klein 7383

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1920s
    Oil on canvas
    8 x 12 1/4 inches
    #7383
  • Klein 7818

    Untitled (Black and White), 1942
    Gouache on paper
    20 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Klein ‘42 lower right.

    #7818
  • Klein 7797

    Drawing #72, ca. 1945
    Watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite on paper
    11 1/2 x 14 inches

    Signed Klein and titled on reverse.

    #7797
  • Klein 7759

    Lithograph #24, 1947
    Lithograph on paper
    11 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches

    Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil (Edition, 1/10).

    #7759
    SOLD
  • 2353 klein 2353

    Abstraction, ca. 1945
    Graphite on paper
    3 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches
    #2353
  • 2354 klein 2354

    Abstraction, ca. 1945
    Graphite on paper
    3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
    #2354
  • 2356 klein 2356

    Abstraction
    Graphite on paper
    6 x 3 3/4 inches
    #2356
  • 2357 klein 2357

    Abstraction
    Graphite on paper
    6 x 3 3/4 inches
    #2357
  • 1917 klein 1917

    Silverpoint Drawing #8, ca. 1947
    Silverpoint and burnished gold leaf on paper
    10 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches

    Signed Klein and titled on reverse.

    #1917
  • 1919 klein 1919

    Untitled (Abstraction, Black and White), 1945
    Ink on artist board
    11 x 14 inches

    Signed and dated Klein ‘45 lower center.

    #1919
  • 2403 klein 2403

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1945
    Ink on paper
    14 x 11 inches
    #2403
  • 2348 klein 2348

    Drawing #42, 1945
    Graphite on paper
    9 x 12 inches

    Signed and dated Klein ‘45 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #2348
  • 2351 klein 2351

    Drawing #45, 1945
    Graphite on paper
    9 x 12 inches

    Signed and dated Klein '45 lower left; titled on reverse.

    #2351

Medard Klein’s bold abstractions painted during the late 1930s and 1940s earned him accolades from the national art press and gained him broad exposure through important museum exhibitions in Europe and America. Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Klein moved to Chicago at age twenty-one to become an artist. He studied at the Art Institute in the late 1920s with Edmund Giesbert; at the National Academy of Art under Audubon Tyler; and at the Chicago Studio School of Art under the noted muralist John W. Norton.

Medard Klein’s commitment to non-objective painting, derived from his keen interest in classical music and an indefatigable exploration of the psyche, showed a determined adherence to the avant-garde principles of cubism, surrealism, and expressionism. Klein’s association with the vanguard of American painting, evidenced by his association with the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York, shows the national acclaim his artwork achieved during his lifetime.

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