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Robert S. Neuman At Childs Gallery

Robert S. Neuman

American (1926-2015)

As a youth, in the small western mining town of Kellogg, Idaho, Robert S. Neuman made his initial attempts in oil painting using house painters oil colors from the shelves of his father's hardware store.

Neuman's deep interest in painting led him to study at the University of Idaho. Later, upon arrival in California, he was confronted by the "San Francisco School" (Ecole de Pacific). Neuman continued to develop at The California School of Fine Arts & Crafts and at The California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. During those seven years (1947- 1953), he was associated with such artists as James Budd, Dixon Nathan Oliviera, Peter Voulkos, Edith Smith, and Kenneth Nack. His oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and lithographs were exhibited in many juried exhibitions that also included works by: Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Clifford Still, Edith Smith, James Weeks, Corbett, Bischoff, and other important West Coast painters.

While studying at Mills College, Oakland, CA, Neuman felt most fortunate to be exposed to the teaching Max Beckman. Neuman greatly respected the work of Beckman; he also sensed an affinity between certain German Expressionists and Abstract Expressionist in the United States. The "San Francisco School" was the dominant force in the Bay area and became a formative influence in the development of Neuman's paintings. These qualities are present in his canvasses today by broad surface treatments, calligraphic drawings, energized expression and certain influences from Oriental Art.

In the year 1953, Neuman was awarded a Fulbright Grant for painting. The grant brought Neuman to Stuttgart, Germany, allowing him his first contact with his contemporaries in Europe. In Stuttgart, he became aware of post-war German art and studied with renowned artist Willi Baumeister. Neuman has also indicated a strong admiration of Fritz Winter's paintings. At this time Winter was actively investigating organic colors and a "sign language" in his canvases. It is reasonable to assume that the very forceful "Black Paintings" (1953- 1956) of Robert S. Neuman were influenced by Fritz Winter's techniques. The First exhibition of Black Paintings was presented in Barcelona, at Sala Vayreda, and subsequently at the Swetzoff Gallery, Boston in 1957. The entire group of "Black Paintings" is now in Private collections.

While in Barcelona, Neuman experienced the different conditions under which the contemporary Spanish artist functioned compared to American. He found the open and seemingly unformalistic attitudes of the West Coast artists contrasting severely with the deeply felt mysticism present in much of the contemporary Spanish artists of that time. A very large and impressive "Pedazo del Mundo, Number 36," which was painted at this time is now in the permanent collection of the Worchester Art Museum, MA. The oeuvre of Robert S. Neuman illustrates the "mix" of exposure to West Coast values in painting and the contrasting contemporary European attitudes. Combining these two separate elements produce paintings of dramatic universality.

The "mix" is once again used in the Neuman's more recent series "Lame Deer." This series was conceived during a visit, by Neuman, to the village of Lame Deer, MO. The village's history namesake was Lame Deer, a mystic and medicine man of the Northern Cheyenne people. Neuman's western heritage is present in the Lame Deer Paintings. Although these canvases are essentially abstract in quality, they seem to echo the strange and unusual landscapes that Neuman recalls from his childhood. Once again Neuman's paintings present a concern for abstract visual symbols as an expressive force within the composition.

Appearing as graphic and chromatic symbols, Neuman's approach to painting creates a duality between visual and literal associations. The Boston art critic, Robert Taylor remarked (Boston Globe, March 25, 1979): "Neuman's pictures fuse the methods of color field paintings, emblematic abstractions and expressionist responses and, at their best as in this series are evocative and original."

Neuman’s work is in the collections of Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia; New York Public Library, New York, New York’ Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; William Lane Collection, Lunenburg, Massachusetts; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, and many others.

-Christina Neuman Godfrey, daughter of Robert S. Neuman

Watercolor by Robert S. Neuman: Study for Winter Storm Schoodic, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×26IN.
$13,000
Study for Winter Storm Schoodic
Watercolor by Robert S. Neuman: Study for Large Painting, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
834×19IN.
$6,500
Study for Large Painting
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Voyage Drawing #5, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
8×1212IN.
$6,000
Voyage Drawing #5
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Mirage Study – 6, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1014×1612IN.
$7,500
Mirage Study - 6
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos del Mundo Study, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2214×3014IN.
$15,000
Pedazos del Mundo Study
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Space Signs, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×1212IN.
$6,500
Space Signs
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise (Fire), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
334×534IN.
$1,500
Ship to Paradise (Fire)
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
4×4IN.
$1,200
Ship to Paradise (Towing Wordly Clutter)
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise (Under Weigh), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
834×6IN.
$1,800
Ship to Paradise (Under Weigh)
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise (Construction), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
412×634IN.
$1,500
Ship to Paradise (Construction)
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise (Title Page), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
834×534IN.
$1,800
Ship to Paradise (Title Page)
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: The Voyage, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
10×1258IN.
The Voyage
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Three Towers, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
10×14IN.
$7,500
Three Towers
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Untitled (Voyage Series), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1734×2214IN.
Untitled (Voyage Series)
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Study for Monument to No One in Particular No. 5, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
15×2214IN.
$7,500
Study for Monument to
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Space Signs Drawing, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2214×2734IN.
Space Signs Drawing
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Mirage Drawing, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1712×2212IN.
Mirage Drawing
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Lame Deer Painting, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1212×938IN.
$3,500
Lame Deer Painting
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Figure in a Landscape, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
17×18IN.
$9,500
Figure in a Landscape
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Alhambra Study No. 2, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1214×2134IN.
$8,000
Alhambra Study No. 2
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Tower for Dreams and Other Events, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
3912×2712IN.
$15,000
Tower for Dreams and Other Events
Painting By Robert S. Neuman: Joy Street At Childs GalleryQuick View
3812×39IN.
Joy Street
Painting By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo #17 At Childs GalleryQuick View
39×4212IN.
$18,500
Pedazos Del Mundo #17
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Ship To Paradise 2 At Childs GalleryQuick View
23×3312IN.
$4,500
Ship to Paradise - 2
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo No. 2 At Childs GalleryQuick View
1912×2514IN.
$4,000
Pedazos del Mundo No. 2
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo No. 8 At Childs GalleryQuick View
34×2412IN.
$4,000
Pedazos del Mundo No. 8
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Voyage Romanesque, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2214×2618IN.
$9,750
Voyage Romanesque
Mixed Media by Robert S. Neuman: Voyage Drawing, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2058×2538IN.
$9,500
Voyage Drawing
Painting By Lame Deer (medicine Tail): Lame Deer (medicine Tail) At Childs GalleryQuick View
44×48IN.
Lame Deer (Medicine Tail)
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Ship to Paradise 3, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
28×3712IN.
$5,000
Ship to Paradise 3
The Shyp of Fools/Ship to Paradise
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Pedazo del Mundo #5, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
34×24IN.
$6,500
Pedazo del Mundo #5
Mixed media by Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos del Mundo #19, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
46×46IN.
Pedazos del Mundo #19
Painting By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo #26 At Childs GalleryQuick View
56×56IN.
Pedazos del Mundo #26
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Untitled, from the Space Sign Series, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
19×15IN.
$4,000
Untitled, from the Space Sign Series
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Untitled, from the Space Sign Series, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
19×15IN.
$4,000
Untitled, from the Space Sign Series
Print by Robert S. Neuman: Calligraphic Wall, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×17IN.
$5,000
Calligraphic Wall
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos Del Mundo #7 At Childs GalleryQuick View
36×24IN.
$5,000
Pedazos del Mundo #7
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Ship To Paradise 4 At Childs GalleryQuick View
34×25IN.
$7,000
Ship to Paradise - 4
Print By Robert S. Neuman: Pedazo Del Mundo #1 At Childs GalleryQuick View
1712×2334IN.
$4,000
Pedazos del Mundo No. 1
Painting by Robert S. Neuman: Pedazos del Mundo #8, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
60×60IN.
Pedazos del Mundo #8
Painting by Robert S. Neuman: Small Landscape, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
24×24IN.
$25,000
Small Landscape
Painting by Robert S. Neuman: Small Mirage Painting, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
34×37IN.
Small Mirage Painting
Painting by Robert S. Neuman: Spanish Door, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
59×49IN.
Spanish Door
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