Swiss, 1907 - 1978
John Sennhauser was a visual artist born in Switzerland in 1907 and grew up in Italy. He studied for two years at the Royal Academy in Venice, and in 1928 immigrated to the United States, where he worked as an architectural draftsman. From 1930 to 1933, he studied at the Cooper Union. Between 1936 and 1942 he taught, first at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, and later at the Contemporary School of Art in New York. During this time he also did privately commissioned murals.
In 1943, Sennhauser began working for Hilla Rebay at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. At that time, he explained the impulse behind his new style as "rather universal, or subjective," terms that were consonant with Rebay’s ideas on mysticism. He continued, "Lines, planes, forms, colors, rhythmically moving intuitively conceived intuitively born of life eternal. Plastic integration of form and space of body and spirit. Intensity, stillness, harmony, contrast... The everlasting negative in all its positive manifestations, pure as immortality, free as the infinite The essence of all that is and is not"
Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including "Improvisation" sold at Christie's New York "Fine American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture" in 2007 for $25,000. Sennhauser passed away in 1978.
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