(1900 - 1973)
Carl Robert Holty was active/lived in New York / France. Carl Holty is known for mod genre-views-figure, abstract geometric painting, teaching.
Known for his floating, luminous, highly-colorful forms, Carl Holty
belongs to the school of pure geometric abstract artists, none more
renowned than Piet Mondrian.
Holty, a native of Germany, came
to the United States as an infant and grew up in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the
National Academy of Design in New York, and then went to Munich to
enroll in the Hans Hofmann School where he was exposed to Abstract
Expressionism. Holty's early work also shows the influence of
Fauvist colors and the work of French artists Maurice de Vlaminck and
In Europe, Holty began featuring more biomorphic
forms in his work and elements reflective of the Organic Surrealism of
Joan Miro. By the late 1950s, he had developed his enduring
subject matter large, soft-edged color forms that mix with, and float
on, a lush chromatic stain.
Always dedicated to abstract art,
Holty found greater artistic acceptance in Europe than in the United
States. When he returned to the United States in 1936, he became
an important advocate of modern art, helping to establish the American
Abstract Artists organization in New York.
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