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 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 14774

    Untitled (Still Life), 1946
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    19 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Drewes ‘46, lower left.

    #14774
  • 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
    #15354
  • Drewes 8808

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas
    9 x 12 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8808
  • Drewes 15328

    The Lake, 1946
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    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
    #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 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 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 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

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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