Robert Kulicke Still Life
Robert Kulicke was probably best known for his modernization of frame design, which essentially changed the look of postwar art in America. He was also, among other professions, a teacher, goldsmith, and businessman, but considered his life?s work to be painting. His paintings are small and modest?still lifes of flowers, fruit, dollar bills. Kulicke had studied with Fernand L?ger in Paris in the late 1940s, and was discouraged by the painter?s focus on bold, large-scale compositions. For a decade, Kulicke virtually stopped painting, concentrating instead on his framing business. Then, in 1957, he was contracted to create frames for 300 Giorgio Morandi paintings. By the time he had finished framing those exquisite still-lifes of bottles, he had regained the confidence to turn again to his own work. In 1963, he had his first show at the Allan Stone Gallery. Today his work is represented in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.