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Karl Mattern

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FEATURED ARTIST – Karl Mattern (1892-1969)

Karl Mattern was born in Durkheim, Germany, on March 22, 1892. He studied at the Gymnasium in Germany, receiving art instruction there. During his time in the Gymnasium, he also developed life-long interests in history, languages, music and literature. After his father’s death, Mattern left Germany and traveled to New York where he spent two years doing odd jobs. He then traveled to Kansas to be with family friends. From Kansas, he moved to Denver where he was able to study painting for the first time. After a few years, he moved yet again, to Chicago, where he enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute. There he learned the techniques of drawing, painting and illustration taught in part by the artist George Bellows.

Mattern taught classes from 1922-1923 at the Chicago Academy of Art. The artist Albert Bloch, a painter who was associated with the Bauhaus group in Weimar and Dessau, invited Mattern to teach at the University of Kansas in 1925. During his time at Kansas, Mattern supervised and coordinated some Works Progress Administration artists working in Kansas. In 1948, Mattern and his wife, Mary, moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he began to teach at Drake University. In Iowa, he served on the Acquisitions Committee at the Des Moines Art Center which opened that same year.

He had one-man exhibitions of his works there in 1948, 1951, 1954 and 1960. Mattern continued teaching at Drake until the age of 70 when he taught one year at nearby Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, before retiring from teaching. Mattern died on January 18, 1969, in Des Moines. A memorial art exhibition of his works was held at the Des Moines Art Center in 1970. During his career, he exhibited widely and received numerous prizes for his work. His works have been acquired by art museums such as the Denver Art Museum, the Sioux City Art Center, the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, and the Des Moines Art Center. The Fine Arts Collection contains two art works by Mattern. The watercolor painting “Cloud Patterns” was probably acquired after an Iowa Arts Council exhibit at Luther in 1974. It is undated. An untitled cityscape drawing was donated to the College in 1985. It also is undated.


Karl Mattern Artwork For Sale

Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 15 x 20
Price: $750
Landscape ’29
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 14¾ x 19¾
Price: $750
View over Ornate Building
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 13¼ x 18¾
Price: $750
Landscape-Swirling Sky
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 14½ x 19½
Price: $725
Landscape
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 9¼ x 21
Price: $725
Panorama
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Oil
Dimensions: 24 x 20.5
Price: $700
Mary – Portrait
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10¾ x 14
Price: $700
Waterbury, Connecticut
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 12¾ x 18½
Price: $700
Trees
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 11 x 14
Price: $675
Road Landcape-Cut in Kansas City
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8¾ x 13
Price: $650
Landscape “Rhythms”
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10¼ x 14
Price: $625
Artist & Sign
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 9¾ x 13½
Price: $625
Road Building
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10¼ x 14½
Price: $625
Saturday in the Park
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10½ x 14½
Price: $625
Windmill & Poles
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 11 x 15
Price: $600
Outside of Town
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 9 x 13¼
Price: $575
Landscape House & Trees
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 9¾ x 13
Price: $575
Landscape
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 20 x 15
Price: $500
Nude ’39
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Oil
Dimensions: 25 x 22.25
Price: $375
The New Hat
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8½ x 11
Price: $375
Figures in Landscape
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8½ x 11
Price: $375
Two & Dog, Topeka, KS
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 6½ x 9½
Price: $375
Figure in Landscape
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 14 x 10¼
Price: $375
Trees & Building
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 9 x 13
Price: $375
Billboards
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10 x 15.25
Price: $350
Guardian Angel – ABS
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8½ x 9
Price: $350
Landscape-Barn & Gray Sky
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Charcoal
Dimensions: 7 x 9.5
Price: $325
Man Playing Guitar (Paul Lubetkin)
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 15 x 9½
Price: $325
Nude
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 15 x 9½
Price: $325
Nude
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8 x 11
Price: $325
Aboard Hugo Ballin 1933
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Charcoal
Dimensions: 14½ x 10
Price: $325
Nude-Back View
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 12 x 15
Price: $325
Railroad Crossing
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 11¼ x 8¾
Price: $300
Male Nude Post, Separate Leg
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 12½ x 15¾
Price: $300
Motorized Carriage
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 9½ x 15
Price: $295
Landscape-Heat in Summer
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 11¼ x 15½
Price: $295
Railroad Crossing & Church
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 9 x 10¾
Price: $275
Trees
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Charcoal
Dimensions: 12 x 9¾
Price: $275
Girl’s Face
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 10¼ x 15
Price: $275
Nude-Bent Arm Post
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 16¼ x 9½
Price: $275
Nude Back Supine
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 10¼ x 7¼
Price: $275
Flower
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 11¼ x 18
Price: $275
Service Building
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 9¼ x 14¾
Price: $265
The Sand Business
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 11 x 15
Price: $260
4th & Main – Highway 71
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 8½ x 13¾
Price: $250
Nude Front View Supine
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 8¾ x 13
Price: $250
Near Commerce-Verso
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 11 x 9¾
Price: $250
Woman
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 9 x 13
Price: $250
Institutional Building 8/67
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 8¾ x 14½
Price: $250
Bridge Near Jester Park
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 7¼ x 12
Price: $250
Nude Woman “Brown”
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 8¾ x 13
Price: $250
Person Walking Among Houses
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Drawing
Dimensions: 11 x 15½
Price: $250
Artist Drawing Boats
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 9¼ x 12½
Price: $250
Abstract Trees
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 11½ x 15½
Price: $240
Church
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 8 x 11
Price: $225
Young Jesus the Doctor
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 8½ x 15
Price: $225
Buildings
Artist:Mattern, Karl
Medium: Pen & Ink
Dimensions: 8½ x 11
Price: $225
Landscape with Line Clouds

Karl Mattern
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