Untitled (Wild Flowers and Leaves)

Will Henry Stevens (American, 1881-1949)

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Indiana-born Will Henry Stevens studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Art Students League in New York City. He moved to New Orleans, where he was a professor of art at Sophie Newcomb College, now part of Tulane University. He painted both abstract and traditional works, and most of his work has its origins in nature. Stevens’ paintings combined an awareness of modern art with the knowledge of a naturalist. In this pastel he draws on nature to create a fanciful floral arrangement. Stevens enjoyed blending natural forms with abstract shapes to create intricate designs and overlapping patterns. Abstract artist Joseph Albers wrote to Sevens: “I am impressed with your sensitive musicality for color and your ability to handle a multitude of forms and to combine them in an organic whole.”


Estill Curtis Pennington. Will Henry Stevens, 1881-1949: An Eye Transformed, a Hand Transforming, Augusta, Georgia: Morris Museum of Art, 1993. ISBN-13: 978-0961827076

Object Information

Will Henry Stevens (American, 1881-1949)
creation date
about 1940
pastel on off-white paper
12-1/4 x 16 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Signed in pencil, l.l.: Stevens
accession number
credit line
Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in honor of Mrs. H. L. Conant and Miss Joan D. Weisenberger
© Will Henry Stevens
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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