Wolf Kahn

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Wolf Kahn
Born 1927 (1927)
Stuttgart, Germany
Nationality American
Education Hans Hofmann
University of Chicago
Known for Painting and Pastels

Wolf Kahn (born October 4, 1927) is a German-born American painter.

Kahn is known for his combination of Realism and Color Field, and known to work in pastel and oil paint. He studied under Hans Hofmann,[1] and also graduated from the University of Chicago.[2] Kahn is a resident of both New York City and, during the summer and autumn, West Brattleboro, Vermont.


Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927. He states that he began drawing at the age of 4.[3] In 1939, at the age of 12 he fled Germany for England and in 1940 moved to the United States of America.

He attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City and graduated in 1945. Under the GI Bill, he was able to continue his studies with Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann at the Hans Hofmann School.[4] He became Hofmann’s studio assistant. He enrolled for a degree from the University of Chicago in 1950 and completed this in only one year, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in 1951.

His wife Emily Mason is also a painter. They have two daughters, Cecily and Melany.

Wolf Kahn's Art[edit]

Wolf Kahn works in oil[2] and pastel[3]. His works usually covers the subject of landscapes and his own personal vision of nature. His convergence of light and color has been described as combining pictorial landscapes and painterly abstraction.

His gallery, Ameringer|McEnery|Yohe, states ([4])

The unique blend of Realism and the formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies the synthesis of his modern abstract training with Hans Hofmann, with the palette of Matisse, Rothko's sweeping bands of color, and the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. It is precisely this fusion of color, spontaneity and representation that has produced such a rich and expressive body of work.

Awards and Memberships[edit]

Wolf Kahn has received a number of awards including a Fulbright Scholarship in 1962, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1979.[5] Kahn received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Vermont Council on the Arts 1998 and the National Academy in 2006, as well as and The University of Chicago Outstanding Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2012. He has honorary doctorates from Wheaton College [5], 2000 and Union College [6], 2002.

Wolf Kahn became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1980 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1984. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for Marlboro College, in Marlboro, VT.

In 2005 the Smithsonian Art Collectors Program commissioned Kahn to produce a print to benefit the cultural and educational programs of the Smithsonian Associates. The screen print, entitled Aura, hangs in the Graphic Eloquence exhibit in the S. Dillon Ripley Center in the National Mall.

Museum Collections[edit]

Wolf Kahn's work can be found in numerous museum collections including:

Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America.


  1. ^ PBS. "Hans Hofmann's Legacy". 
  2. ^ Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art. "WolfKahn.com". 
  3. ^ "Wolf Kahn, The Per Contra Interview". 
  4. ^ [1]] "Wolf Kahn, The Per Contra Interview"]. 
  5. ^ Annette Grant (February 9, 2008). "Portrait of the Artist's Market". ARTINFO. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 

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