Charles Culver Signed Modernist Figurative Watercolor Painting Framed 1955

Sale price$500.00


A modern watercolor painting on paper by Detroit artist Charles Culver. Signed and dated 1955. A dynamic cartoonish red figure with energetic motion. Per the artist, "I try to 'see' though not too exactly; I try to think though not too ponderously; I feel emotion yet I try not to become overwrought. I interpret rather than describe, and design rather than depict. I work with values, not light and shade; hence, when I am successful, I achieve substance rather than three-dimensional form, and this satisfies me as being wholly sufficient. In my work I wish to be serious without becoming a bore, exuberant without being frivolous, humorous without being silly. I believe that good paintings are conceived, not contrived; and I am interested in art much more than in pictures." From a private collection. Dimensions: 10.25"h x 8.25"w x 1.5"d (framed). In very good vintage condition. 

Charles Culver (1908-1967) was a Detroit based painter, illustrator, and teacher. In the 1950s, he was a professor at Arts and Crafts in Detroit (now College of Creative Studies). Culver created hundreds of painting for Ford Times as well as writing children's books and cartoons for the Royal Oak Tribune. He had over 25 one-man shows in the Detroit area alone, won 14 prizes at the "Exhibition for Michigan Artists" sponsored by the DIA, including the Scarab Club Gold Medal in 1940-43, and is represented by some 90 paintings in the DIA's permanent collection. Culver's paintings can be found in museums and private collections both nationally and internationally.

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