VERNON KIEHL NEWSWANGER American, 1900 - 1980 Vernon Kiehl Newswanger was an Amish painter who hailed from the Leola area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where his family had lived and worked since the 1700s. An American Modernist, Newswanger painted in Europe, including Paris, in the 1920s. His cubist works reminiscent of Stuart Davis and French artist Fernand Leger. His wife Myra Butterworth Newswanger from Philadelphia, was also a painter, as was their son, Christian Newswanger.
Although the Newswangers traveled the world painting, both Vernon and Christian returned to the Lancaster area where their works of Amish subjects provided a rare look everyday "plain life" in the first half of the twentieth century.
Paris, 1928, oil on linen, 32 x 24 inches
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