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West of Owaneco
oil on canvas
1977 Gift of the American Academy of Arts & Letters
Hans Moller studied at the Berlin Academy before emigrating to the United States in 1933. One week after he arrived in New York, Moller found work as a graphic designer. Ten years later, he was at the forefront of the New York art world. He explored various artistic styles within American avant-garde movements that had been restricted to him in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. During the 1940s and 1950s he explored aspects of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. His work was applauded by New York critics and he exhibited widely. In the 1950s, Moller began to focus on colorist forms in collages and paintings. He later embraced natural forms influenced by the landscape of Monhegan Island, Maine. Moller produced over 1,300 oil paintings, watercolors and collages during his career. He completed his last painting in 1995.