Siegfried Reinhardt
American (St. Louis), 1925-1984
Abstract, 1954
Oil on board, signed and dated lower right
Post-cubist expanse in muted tones, with bird, hand, and a face; framed.

About the Artist: "German-born Siegfried Reinhardt of St. Louis has had no formal art training, but by the time he was eleven was intent on becoming a painter. A big (6 ft. 2 in.) and muscular 35, he went through an abstract phase ("esthetic nonsense," he calls it now), has since developed a wholly figurative style, which he boasts is "un-new, un-experi-mental and "un-angry." His main subject now, he says, is humanity, seen as the eternal lonely crowd—a torrent of faces and figures that gush out of "strange architectural settings that are unrelated to any recognizable place in the world." from Time Magazine (1950). This "torrent" describes to a T the incredible body of work St. Louis has seen from Reinhardt, from the "Gateway to the West" mosaic at the Gateway Arch to the mural series housed at Lambert International Airport, and the plethora of public works he has executed in between. Some of his notable accomplishments in the artistic world include in the following. In the late 1950s, he produced the painting "Man of Sorrows" in a series of seven installments on local public television station KETC, explaining his decisions and techniques to viewers as he went. From 1955 through 1970, Reinhardt taught at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University. Reinhardt also served as artist in residence at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale from 1950 to 1954 then again from 1968 to 1969, and St. Louis Community College Meramec (Kirkwood) from 1971 through his death. Additional works are housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Vatican Museum Picture Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

  • Board: 18 x 72 in. (45.7 x 182.9 cm.), frame: 21 1/4 x 75 in. (54 x 190.5 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • Siegfried Reinhardt
  • Medium:
  • Oil on board, signed and dated lower right
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