Bernard Steffen

1907 – 1980

Cantankerous Colt, Ca., 1936

Bernard Steffen (1907 – 1980). A painter who specialized as a print maker in rural scenes and landscapes, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Art Students League, the Los Angeles Art Students League, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Steffen took a rural sensibility to New York, where he studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. As a Works Progress Administration muralist from 1934-1941, he focused on landscape and eschewed the romance and narrative that marked the Regionalists. Steffen painted the mural, “Neodesha First Inhabitants”, for the Neodesha Post Office in 1938.Taught at the school of the National Serigraph Society, an organization founded in 1940 to promote screen printing. His style changed in the late 1950s from realistic to abstract. He authored the 1963 book, “Silk Screen.” Shown is a lithograph on paper signed in the lower left quadrant of painting, “B Steffen.” On the back of the painting is the inscription, “Cantankerous Colt, Ca., 1936″, No Stated Edition. 10′ x 15″

Artist:  Bernard Steffen

Date:  1936

Size:  10″ x 15″

Medium:  Lithograph

Price:  $1,195