Sunlit Hill, 2006

by Wolf Kahn (1927–2020)
Oil on canvas
52 x 38 inches
Signed lower left of center: W Kahn; on stretcher bar: #2006 / 168 Sunlit Hill


Babcock Galleries, New York, New York

Private collection, acquired from above, 2011

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 3, 2023, lot 520, from above

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above

Related Works

After Glow, 1974, oil on linen, 41½ x 66 inches; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Hot Summer, 1990, oil on canvas, 52 x 66 inches; Wolf Kahn Foundation, Brattleboro, Vermont

Note: With its distinct planes of color, this work exemplifies Wolf Kahn’s interest in the exaggerated effects of light on tonality. The artist explained, “I’m always trying to get to a danger point in color, where color either becomes too sweet or it becomes too harsh, it becomes too noisy or too quiet, and at that point I still want the picture to be strong, forceful, and the carrier of everything that a painting has to have: contrast, drama, austerity.”[1]

[1] Justin Spring, Wolf Kahn (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996), 79.

Artist Biography

American Abstract Expressionist Famous for Chromatic Landscapes

By Margarita Karasoulas

Painting the American terrain in a vibrant, expressionistic palette, Kahn is celebrated as one of the leading figures of the Hansa Gallery Cooperative and the second generation New York School.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Born in 1927 in Stuttgart, Germany, Wolf Kahn was raised in Frankfurt by his paternal grandparents, avid art collectors who played an influential role in his early penchant

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