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(“Untitled” by Herman Raymond, 1959. Oil on linen. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Gift of Dennis and Ruth Rouss O’Rourke in honor of Lillian Bueno McCue, 1992.3)
We were saddened to learn of the death of the wonderfully eccentric local artist Herman Raymond on Monday at the age of 85. Though he’s best known for his mid-20th Century abstract paintings (pictured here courtesy of the Fine Arts Center), his work became as hard to pin down as he was.
Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Curator of American Art at the Fine Art Center, said:
Herman Raymond was one of this region’s links to the important mid-twentieth century abstract painting that was centered in New York and was shaping America’s newly-dominant role in the art world. His paintings were exemplary of Colorado painters’ attention to nature as the basis of abstract compositions. As a painter and a teacher, Herman Raymond was tremendously impactful in Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region.
For more about Raymond, there’s an article by Warren Epstein HERE
(“Through a Snowflake’s Eye” by Herman Raymond, 1956. Oil on canvas. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Trustees Purchase Project, 1956.5)