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Frank Mechau - Artist of Colorado

Bach, Cile M

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ISBN 10: 1607325454 / ISBN 13: 9781607325451
Published by University Press of Colorado
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Title: Frank Mechau - Artist of Colorado

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:BRAND NEW

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There are stories scattered throughout human history of rare individuals of remarkable talent, energy, and promise whose lives are unexpectedly and tragically cut short. Artist Frank Mechau was one of these. His artistic career spanned only twenty years—1926 to 1946—but in the course of those years he produced paintings, murals, and drawings of exceptional potency and poignancy. His work shows influences of the masters he studied—European, Japanese, and Chinese—from whom he developed his own aesthetic of line, design, and composition that, in a singular way, speaks to broader artistic truths.

In Frank Mechau: Artist of Colorado, Cile Bach offers a thoughtful and engaging account of Mechau’s career. Using excerpts from letters, notes, and journals, she infuses the book with Mechau’s presence, giving readers not only a sense of the strength of his artistic talent but a glimpse of the extraordinary self-educated man behind the work—his determination, his sharp mind, his playful wit, his gentleness, and his love of life, his family, and the Western Slope of Colorado that was his home.

Cile Bach’s account remains the only substantial documentation to date of Mechau’s career—which makes this second edition of Frank Mechau: Artist of Colorado a prized and important book. Its publication marks the 35th anniversary of the book’s first appearance in 1981, when it accompanied a Frank Mechau exhibition at the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts. Happily, the new edition will make its debut at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s Legacy Series Exhibit featuring Frank Mechau, scheduled from March 4 to May 15, 2016. 

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"My dear friend, Cile Bach, introduced me to Frank Mechau’s widow, Paula, in 1991 at their family home in stunningly beautiful Redstone, Colorado—a bear had just tried to break into the back screen door! Cile was an art historian and wife of Otto Bach, director from 1944 to 1974 of the Denver Art Museum. They felt, as I do, that Frank Mechau can well be considered the most important regionalist Colorado artist, whose rendering of the West broke painting frontiers and gained for him a national reputation in his tragically short life of forty-two years. He developed a modernistic stylization of subject matter in his paintings, lithographs, murals and drawings, giving them an arresting and distinctive personal identity—hence Mechau has aptly been called Colorado’s shooting star."
~Hugh Grant, Founding Director & Curator, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, Colorado

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