Charles Biederman

American, 1906–2004

Untitled (May 30/36), 1936

Oil on canvas

50-3/4 x 36

Signed and dated lower left

Biederman was born in Cleveland and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York. There he encountered the works of the European modernists and incorporated the vocabulary of such movements as cubism and surrealism into his works. The present biomorphic work is characteristic of his paintings from the mid-1930s.

Biederman traveled to Paris in 1936–37 and lived in New York and Chicago before settling in Red Wing, Minnesota, where he remained for the rest of his life. He abandoned painting relatively early in his career, subsequently exploring three-dimensional reliefs that had first began to interest him upon his exposure to De Stijl and Russian constructivism.