04 March 2016

Frank Mechau featured in Legacy Series Exhibit and new book!

Today marks the beginning of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Legacy Series exhibit of the paintings and paper works of Colorado artist Frank Mechau (1904–1946), who "is among the greatest artists associated with the early 20th century development of Colorado art." Mechau's works can be viewed at the FAC between March 5 to May 15. 

Also available this month is the second edition of UPC/Timberline's Frank Mechau: Artist of ColoradoIn 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. The book features 70 color figures.

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"Influenced improbably by the swirling attenuations of Aubrey Beardsley and stolid classicism of Piero della Francesca, the great American artist Frank Mechau developed his own distinctive visual language to capture the wild west he knew so well. This new edition of the 1981 monograph by the late Cile Bach is most welcome. Its informative text, full-color reproductions, and touching introductory tribute by family members do much to celebrate the reputation of this all-too-often neglected master."

—Caleb Ives Bach, artist and writer


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