John Gutmann was a photographer and painter was born in what is now Wroclaw, Poland in the year 1905. At the time the city was Breslau, Germany Empire. The artist was born to an upper middle class Jewish family.
Gutmann earned an art degree from the Staatliche Akademie. He would later move to Berlin and earn a master’s degree.
The artist fled Nazi Germany for the United States in 1933.
Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $14,000.
The artist documented his view of contemporary art of the time period. A favorite genre was jazz musicians.
When Gutmann painted he often portrayed the landscape.
Below a montage of works by John Gutmann:
The artist was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
John Gutmann passed away in 1998.
Works by the artist can be found in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
John Gutmann did a great job of capturing the lifestyles of very unique people, similar to the way Diane Arbus took images of people from different walks of life including dwarfs and athletes. I enjoy Gutman’s work with the figure as he often crops the image without a face, just capturing the energy of a human torso.