Fritz Glarner – Standing Nude- Charcoal Sketch

Fritz Glarner
(1899-1972)

Standing Nude

Charcoal Drawing from the estate of the artist

Dimensions: 50 x 33 cm

Condition: Some light smudging of charcoal on the sheet. Edges of paper rough, with a few light creases in the outermargins.

Watermark on Paper: J (?). L & Cie Paris, Verge Special Pour Le Fusain

Fritz Glarner

July 20, 1899, Zurich – September 18, 1972, Locarno

Born in Zurich, Glarner trained in Naples and Paris, but emigrated to the United States in 1936. In New York he became affiliated with Dutch artists who formed the De Stijl group of Abstract Expressionism. He was a close friend and associate of Piet Mondrian and was deeply influenced by him.

Glarner is listed in all the major art dictionaries and his works hang in major museums including the National Gallery of Art. He also produced paintings for vast interior spaces such as the Dag Hammmarskjold Library at the United Nations and the lobby of the Time-Life building in New York.

These sketches from the estate of the artist are most likely from the early period of the artist’s career, perhaps when he trained in Naples or sketched at the Academie Colarossi during his years in Paris (1924-26).