Walt Kuhn

Walt Kuhn (1880-1949) was born in New York, but began his career in San Francisco as a cartoonist. He travelled in Europe but did not study art formally, returning to New York in 1908 to teach at the New York School of Art. Various influences on his work - Matisse, Picasso, Art Nouveau - eventually settled into his own distinctive style of realism with strong colours, utilising his favourite subjects of theatrical and circus performers.