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Edith Schloss

American, 1919-2011


Edith Schloss

Air Mail, 1966

Oil on canvas
23 1/2 x 19 3/4 in
59.7 x 50.2 cm


Edith Schloss was born in Offenbach, Germany; she studied languages and art as an early student. She learned about art in her early years from living in Florence, Frankfurt, and London. Schloss migrated to New York during the London Blitz; she studied at the Art Students League of New York with Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Morris Kantor. In 1945, Schloss met Willem de Kooning through painter Fairfield Porter. Schloss joined the Jane Street Group which was New York’s first artist cooperative gallery founded by Blaine, Hyde Solomon, Leland Bell, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Albert Kresch, and Judith Rothschild. In 1947, Schloss married Rudy Burckhardt and the pair set off to tour Europe where they met Jean Arp, Meret Oppenheim, and briefly Giacometti, Brancusi, and Max Bill. Schloss exhibited regularly at the Tanager Gallery. In 1962 after marital problems, Schloss left New York and moved to Italy where she became close friends with Giorgio Morandi and Cy Twombly. Schloss taught art in the late 1970s at various satellite campuses including, Tyler School of Art & Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Minnesota, and American Academy. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Offenbacher Stadtmuseum, and numerous private collections around the globe.