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Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997)

Ida Kohlmeyer was a matriarch among American artists, achieving international acclaim without leaving her native New Orleans. Although she did not begin painting full time until she was in her mid-thirties, Kohlmeyer's work has been represented in well over 100 solo exhibitions, including a major retrospective at the Mint Museum of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of over 80 institutions including the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kohlmeyer's joyful abstract paintings and sculptures reflect the spirit of New Orleans and her long fascination with folk and primitive art. Based on her own developed alphabet of various organic and geometric shapes, the works transpose Kohlmeyer's passions and delights into compact, colorful and celebratory images.



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Composition 94-31 1994
Mixed Media on Canvas
25 3/8 x 48 inches
Cluster Drawing 1982
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
16 x 26 inches    


Circus Series 3D #1 1989
Mixed Media on Wood
18 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 5 inches 


Mythic Pole #3 1990
Painted Aluminum
83 x 43 x 14 inches   

Synthesis Print 1993
22 5/8 x 26 1/2 inches (image)
28 5/8 x 32 3/8 inches (paper) 
Layered Landscape 1973
44 x 30 inches 
  Shapescape 1981
48 x 35 1/2 inches (image)
51 1/2 x 39 inches (paper)