Polish Artist (1875-1950)
Girl with Red Hair
Oil on Board
8 x 10 1/2 in
Weiss chose to study painting over music, although the lyrical quality of his compositions are very evocative of the works of the romantic composers, especially Chopin, whom he venerated. Like his contemporaries Mondrian and Kandinsky, he looked for ways to integrate spirituality into his art through representational works. He originally painted historical and mythological subject matter, but later switched to Expressionism, and became a member of the Vienna Secession.
Weiss was also influenced by the Symbolist movement, and drew inspiration from artists such as Odilon Redon in his use of pastel tonalities, diaphanous forms and spiritual content. His depiction of nudes, portraits and landscapes reveal his awe of nature and his mastery of modulation of color and tonalities underscorel his virtuosic command of painting.