Dancing Nudes with Dog

Dancing Nudes with Dog

c. 1925-30

William Sommer

(American, 1867-1949)

Pen and black ink and black and colored pastel with graphite framing lines

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 39.7 x 51.4 cm (15 5/8 x 20 1/4 in.)

Gift of Joseph M. Erdelac 2004.45



In 1914, Sommer moved to the rural Brandywine, located halfway between Cleveland and Akron, where he converted an abandoned schoolhouse into a studio that became an important meeting place for modern artists, poets, and musicians. Seeking freedom from convention by immersing himself in nature, Sommer explained, "I believe art should be as spontaneous as the song of a bird."

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