Fire Screen

A work made of gessoed wood, watercolor, silver leaf, and shellac.

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  • A work made of gessoed wood, watercolor, silver leaf, and shellac.

Date:

1924/30

Artist:

Max Kuehne
American, born Germany, 1880–1968

About this artwork

Originally trained as a painter, Max Kuehne began to make furniture in 1917 after a trip to Spain, where he observed craftsmen using Renaissance woodworking techniques. Kuehne’s designs were highly unconventional: he made his own pieces with large areas for decoration, which he incised, gilded, and painted with modern elements inspired by non-Western cultures. The imagery on this fire screen— scrolling clouds and bold animals bounding through a lush landscape—recalls Persian miniature paintings.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Max Kuehne

Title

Fire Screen

Origin

United States

Date

1924–1930

Medium

Gessoed wood, watercolor, silver leaf, and shellac

Dimensions

36 × 25 × 11 1/2 in.

Credit Line

Quinn E. Delaney Fund

Reference Number

2015.313

Extended information about this artwork

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