Michael Loew started his art career painting portraits and depictions of urban life. But after serving in the Navy during World War II, he lost interest in representational work and moved full-tilt to abstractionism. He then spent the next forty years teaching and painting abstract works, remaining at the heart of the New York avant-garde throughout his career.
This watercolor, identified by Loew’s estate as 1970s, shows Loew at his best. His use of colors across the palette—dark and brooding and soft and pastel—created an evocative and compelling work. Loew is one of few abstractionists who paint abstractions of real items, though that is not always entirely clear to the viewer.
Loew is a blue chip artist with superb credentials and an enduring legacy. This work is a masterpiece.