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  • We acquired this object.

1921

  • Work on this object began.

2021

Painting, Sunflowers, 1921

This is a Painting. It was created by E. McKnight Kauffer.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

It is dated 1921. Its medium is oil on canvas. It is a part of the department.

Kauffer painted what he considered his most significant work, Sunflowers, in 1917. Fusing his abstract style with influences from Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, the painting, reproduced below, was met with critical success. Kauffer’s 1921 reinterpretation, seen here, was the last work of art that he would complete and exhibit for years to come. That same year, Grace McKnight Kauffer gave birth to their daughter, Ann. Kauffer’s career as a poster designer had taken off, and he exclusively pursued a new field: commercial art.

It is credited Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Mrs. Claus von Bulow Fund Gift, 1987 (1987.5).

Its dimensions are

H x W: 91.4 × 61 cm (36 × 24 in.) Frame H x W x D: 107 × 76.2 × 5.7 cm (42 1/8 in. × 30 in. × 2 1/4 in.)

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