“It saddens me to note the passing of Wolf Kahn, a great artist and a compellingly interesting man, whose professional career spanned more than 70 years. Over the years, he developed a highly personal view of nature, and the way in which light and color converged in his work was unique. If, as Kandinsky once noted, ‘all art should aspire to the condition of music,’ then Wolf at his best created the painterly equivalent of Debussy tone poems, work that will survive for their sheer beauty alone. Debussy himself wrote ‘We must agree that the beauty of a work of art will always remain a mystery . . . ‘ and suggested that it is, at its core, simply magical. That’s true, too, of the art of Wolf Kahn. It was simply magical.”
—Kevin Grogan, director, Morris Museum of Art
Image: Wolf Kahn, Cotton Barn at Beech Island, S.C. 1998. Oil on canvas. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.