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 8802

    Dress Maker, 1953
    Oil on paper
    9 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes and dated 1953 lower right.

    #8802
  • Drewes 8803

    Untitled (Orchids)
    Oil on paper
    8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches
    #8803
  • Drewes 8806

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
    #8806
  • Drewes 8808

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas
    9 x 12 inches
    #8808
  • 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 7899

    Outward Bound (Forward Surge), 1980
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 44 inches

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

    #7899
  • Drewes 7900

    Light and Space, 1980
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 42 inches

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

    #7900
  • 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
  • 4100 drewes 4100

    Rocks and Big Leaf, 1948
    Oil on canvas
    6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches

    Signed, titled, dated and inscribed lower right with artist’s monogram

    #4100
  • Drewes 8807

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches
    #8807
  • Drewes 8804

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
    #8804
  • Drewes 4109

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #4109
  • Drewes 8805

    Abstraction
    Oil on vellum
    7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
    #8805
  • 4105 drewes 4105

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 x 5 1/2 inches
    #4105
  • Drewes 4101

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 x 7 1/2 inches
    #4101
  • Drewes 4104

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

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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