Werner Drewes

American, 1899 - 1985


Werner Drewes was born in Niederlausitz, Germany in 1899. He served in WWI and then studied architecture and design in Berlin and Stuttgart. In 1921, he began studying with Paul Klee in Weimar at the Bauhaus. After a period of world travel, he returned to the Bauhaus in Dessau to continue his studies with Klee. At this time, he also studied with the noted avant-garde painter, Wassily Kandinsky. In 1930, Drewes moved to New York where he began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937. In 1940, he was named Director of the WPA’s Graphic Arts Division. In 1945, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy asked Drewes to come to Chicago to teach at the New Bauhaus. From 1946 until his retirement in 1965, he became a revered instructor at the School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Drewes exhibited widely at most of the major national American museum venues including the Annual Exhibitions of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. His artwork can be found in such major museum collections as the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Drewes died in Reston, VA in 1985.

  • Drewes 15329
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas board
    8 x 10 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15329
  • Drewes 15330
    Easter Island, 1969
    Oil on canvas board
    10 x 14 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; titled and numbered on reverse.

    #15330
  • Drewes 15341
    Blue Boat on Beach, 1953
    Oil on vellum
    8 1/2 x 11 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes -53-, lower right.

    #15341
  • Drewes 15346
    Inverness, 1952
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower right; dated lower left; titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #15346
  • Drewes 15343
    Basque Fishing Village, 1955
    Oil on vellum
    9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes -59-, lower right.

    #15343
  • Drewes 15342
    Winter in The Rockies, No. 2, 1959
    Oil on vellum
    9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed Drewes -59-, lower left.

    #15342
  • Drewes 15344
    Wind River , Wyoming, 1956
    Oil on vellum
    8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes -55-, lower right; titled and numbered on reverse.

    #15344
  • Drewes 15345
    Industrial Scene, 1953
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

    Titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #15345
  • Drewes 15347
    Old Houses, St. Genevieve, 1952
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes '52, lower right; titled and numbered on reverse.

    #15347
  • Drewes 15350
    Autumn Landscape, Bucks County, 1978
    Oil on vellum
    6 x 8 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes '78, lower right; titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #15350
  • Drewes 15331
    Untitled (Still Life), 1945
    Oil on canvas board
    5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate numbered lower right

    #15331
  • Drewes 15332 ur
    Untitled (Study for Flower Pots and Pineapple), 1945
    Oil on canvas
    6 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes 1945, lower right

    #15332
  • Drewes 15333 ur
    Landscape- Tivoli, Italy, 1952
    1952
    7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes 1952, lower right

    #15333
  • Drewes 15334
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15334
  • Drewes 15335
    Untitled , 1969
    Conté crayon on paper
    5 x 8 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram lower right; numbered lower left.

    #15335
  • Drewes 15336
    Untitled, ca. 1969
    Conté crayon on paper
    5 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15336
  • Drewes 15337
    Forest in Massachusetts, 1973
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 12 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes '73, lower right; numbered lower left; titled, numbered and dated on reverse.

    #15337
  • Drewes 15338
    Vermont Scene (from Osgood's Window), 1957
    Oil on vellum
    12 1/2 x 15 inches

    Signed, dated and numbered lower left; dated lower right; titled, numbered and dated on reverse.

    #15338
  • Drewes 15339
    Outlook Into The Future, 1984
    Oil on paper
    6 1/2 x 7 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower right; numbered lower left; titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #15339
  • Drewes 15340
    Old Houses, St. Genevieve, 1952
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 10 1/4 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; titled and numbered on reverse.

    #15340
  • Drewes 15355
    South to Freebergs, St. Louis, ca. 1956
    Oil on vellum
    8 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #15355
  • Drewes 15326
    Vermont, 1957
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 29 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; signed, titled, and dated on reverse.

    #15326
  • Drewes 15358
    Untitled (Abstraction), 15358
    Oil on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15358
  • Drewes 15356
    Untitled (Lincoln Center, New York City), ca. 1950
    Oil on vellum
    5 x 7 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower right.

    #15356
  • Drewes 15359
    Untitled (Woman Reading a Newspaper)
    Oil on paper
    6 x 7 1/4 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left.

    #15359
  • Drewes 15253
    Jeweled Radiance, 1974
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 46 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #15253
  • Drewes 8804
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8804
  • Drewes 15354
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    6 x 7 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15354
  • Drewes 8808
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas board
    9 x 12 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8808
  • Drewes 15328
    The Lake, 1962
    Oil on canvas board
    8 x 10 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower right; titled, numbered and dated on reverse.

    #15328
  • 4098 drewes 4098
    Flower Pots and Pineapple, 1945
    Oil on canvas
    8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; titled, numbered, dated and inscribed with artist’s monogram on reverse.

    #4098
  • Drewes 15353
    Untitled (Irises), ca. 1955
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 6 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15353
  • Drewes 15357
    Untitled
    Oil on vellum
    5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15357
  • Drewes 15352
    Untitled (Still Life), 1977
    Oil on vellum
    6 x 5 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right.

    #15352
  • Drewes 8803
    Untitled (Orchids)
    Oil on paper
    8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8803
  • Drewes 14736
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1939
    Oil on canvas
    3 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram lower right;
    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram on reverse

    #14736
  • Drewes 14737
    Peace for the World, 1980
    Oil on canvas board
    5 x 5 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram,
    lower right

    #14737
  • Drewes 14738
    Impact, 1977
    Oil on paper
    4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; inscribed and dated with artist’s monogram, lower right

    #14738
  • Drewes 8806
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8806
  • Drewes 7897
    Happy Fragmentation, 1978
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 42 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated with artist's device lower right; signed, titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #7897
  • Drewes 7898
    Summer Day, 1980
    Oil on canvas
    32 x 44 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated with artist's device lower right; signed, titled, dated and numbered on reverse.

    #7898
  • Drewes 4109
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #4109
  • Drewes 4101
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 x 7 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #4101
  • Drewes 4104
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #4104
  • Drewes 15360
    Untitled (View of the Eiffel Tower, Paris), 1955
    Ink on paper
    12 x 9 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right.

    #15360

Werner Drewes was born in Niederlausitz, Germany in 1899. He served in WWI and then studied architecture and design in Berlin and Stuttgart. In 1921, he began studying with Paul Klee in Weimar at the Bauhaus. After a period of world travel, he returned to the Bauhaus in Dessau to continue his studies with Klee. At this time, he also studied with the noted avant-garde painter, Wassily Kandinsky. In 1930, Drewes moved to New York where he began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937. In 1940, he was named Director of the WPA’s Graphic Arts Division. In 1945, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy asked Drewes to come to Chicago to teach at the New Bauhaus. From 1946 until his retirement in 1965, he became a revered instructor at the School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Drewes exhibited widely at most of the major national American museum venues including the Annual Exhibitions of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. His artwork can be found in such major museum collections as the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Drewes died in Reston, VA in 1985.

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