Horst Trave | Abstractions on Color

Horst Trave (1918 – 2012), part of the group of artists known as the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionists, painted thousands of works over some sixty years. Art for Horst was a heady brew of passion, talent, and renewal. While his talent and passion preceded World War II, his art took on purpose, direction and conviction after the war. He was deeply affected by it, described by some as one of the returning soldiers who really had to redefine themselves in relationship to society. The destruction, the sheer aggression and brutality, and the mass-scale death forced many vets to face the unspeakable. Somehow, Horst’s art captured an affirmative and optimistic view, a testament to the human capacity to transcend, to be resilient. Unlike some of his contemporaries, his work is full of color and life. Here we present a small sampling of those abstractions on color.

image Untitled 1 2009
image Untitled 2 1971
image Untitled 3 2001
image Untitled 4 1996
image Untitled 5 1986
image Untitled 6 1953
image Untitled 7 1988
image Untitled 8 1986
image Untitled 9 1987
image Untitled 10 2009
image Untitled 11 1981
image Untitled 12 1973
image Untitled 13 1984
image Untitled 14 1995
image Untitled 15 2010
image Untitled 16 1949
image Untitled 17 1951
image Untitled 18 1950