Charles Gassner 1915-1977
Charles Gassner (1915-1977) was a painter of both abstract and figurative subjects. He was born in The Netherlands and studied art in The Hague and Berlin. He arrived in South Africa in 1948 and in the early 1950s spent three years in Australia before returning to South Africa. In these early years he was mainly a painter of figures in interiors using oil as his preferred medium for exhibited work. By the end of the 1950s Gassner was living in London and he spent some time as a tutor at Camberwell. By this time his work was predominately, but not exclusively, abstract Thereafter he returned to South Africa but a body of his work remained in the UK.
Gassner was one of a group of talented artists working in the very distinctive South African school of representational abstraction, during what has become termed as the Isolation Years.
Gouache with casein on paper, signed.