Platt Fine Art Presents:

The Paintings of Carl Flick (1904-1976): An Aman Artist Transformed by Grant Wood

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 01, 2002
10am - 8pm

On View at the Gallery:
Nov. 01 - Nov. 30, 2002

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 5pm

 

The following is an excerpt from Peter Hoehnle's recent article, Carl Flick and Grant Wood: A Regionalist Friendship in Amana, printed in the Spring 2001 issue of Iowa Heritage Illustrated, published by the State Historical Society of Iowa. For a copy of the entire essay please contact Platt Fine Art.

'Carl Flick and Grant Wood did not meet immediately, although the Cedar Rapids artist often ate at the  Amana communal kitchens and frequently set up his easel outside to paint quick, impressionistic, plein air oil sketches. In these, Wood celebrated the rich color of Amana sandstone and the lush foliage of Amana gardens. The presence of an artist with an easel was an event in Amana, especially for young children who curiously observed the friendly man in a fedora from a safe distance. Then a child, Marie Stuck Selzer watched Wood as he painted a sketch of her grandfather's house: "He wanted to wipe his brushes," she later recalled," and since he had no rag, he just tore off a piece of his undershirt and used that ."

Still recovering from facial paralysis, Carl Flick heard about this Cedar Rapids artist painting r in the colonies. Anxious for some expert advice, Flick wrote him a letter asking about brushes and paints. In reply, Wood appeared one day on the young man's doorstep. Wood quickly recognized that Flick had tremendous natural ability and began to take him along on sketching trips in the Amana area, during which the two men sketched side by side.

In this self portrait, painted in 1932 for the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs in Des Moines, Carl Flick stands on a hill  with the town of West Amana in the background. It is believed to be the only portrait painted by Flick whose usual subject matter consisted of portions of Amana homes, buildings and the landscape of the region.

Thus began first a mentorship and then a friendship between Grant Wood and Carl Flick. Today, in the annals of Iowa art, Wood remains Iowa's best known artist whereas Flick is relatively forgotten. Yet during the 1930s, Flick was a visible and prolific member of the school of Iowa regionalists established by Grant Wood. . ..'

The author is a Ph.D. candidate in the agricultural history and rural studies program at Iowa State University. His article "Community in Transition: Amana'sGreat Change,1931-1933" appeared in the Winter 2001 Annals of Iowa

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