220 Pueblo

Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD
Artist: Fleck, JosephDate of Birth: 1892-1977
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 22 x 28 inches
Signed: Signed lower right

Born in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, Joseph FleckÕs artistic talents were fired in Fin de siecle ViennaÑthe crucible of ExpressionismÑ alongside Klimt and Kokoschka. After a stint in the army, where he served as regimental artist, Fleck emigrated to the United States in 1922. He found work in Missouri at the Tiffany Glass Studios, but settled eventually in Taos, where he became a fixture in the second wave after the Founders. The chromatic geometry of Pueblo creates a rhythm of horizontals, verticals and diagonals. What pulls the work together is the subtlety of the tight curls of smoke from the chimneys, contained in the picture plane by the river that runs between the peaks, obscuring the tree-covered slope at right as if with a layer of mist.