My hometown leaves me disappointed when it comes to literature. Cleveland has had brief intersections with a few gifted writers, but even making that modest assertion sounds boosterish and unconvincing. The same cannot be said for the city’s contributions in the visual arts, especially painting. Early in the twentieth century the Cleveland School produced Charles Burchfield, William Sommer, Abel Warshawsky, Frank Wilcox, August Biehle and Hugo Robus, among others. All are worth pursuing. Often the colors are sumptuous.
In Painting in Pure Color: Modern Art in Cleveland Before the Armory Show 1908-1913 (2013), Henry Adams writes:
“While almost entirely overlooked in surveys of American art, Cleveland was in fact one of the first American cities to support an active and vibrant group of modern artists—known at the time as the ‘Secssionists’—who made paintings influenced by the fauves, the cubists, and the Blue Rider group even before the famous Armory Show of 1913.”