In the midst of the Great Depression—that unprecedented worldwide economic cataclysm—art and creativity flourished. Paul Kelpe (1902-1985), born in eastern Germany, participated in the publicly funded art programs of his adopted country and left his mark as an American modernist. The artist departed his native land at the age of 23 years, finding a new home in Chicago. He later migrated to New Jersey and New York, and eventually to Texas. The inspiration for his lifelong passion was born of the masterworks of Wassily Kandinsky (JAMA cover, September 15, 2004), László Moholy-Nagy, and the other constructivists that Kelpe saw in the late 1910s before he emigrated from
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