Carl Pickhardt (1908-2004) was an American artist known for his unique and dynamic abstract paintings. A graduate of Harvard University, Pickhardt’s studies were greatly influenced by Harold Zimmerman, a professor who taught expressionist painters such as Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom. Pickhardt began producing the large shaped canvas works that defined his career in the 1950s.
“An important dynamic point, one designed by Pickhardt as functional to his later work, is that these freely outlined ‘sculptural’ paintings may appear in any position around the axes fixing their centers to the wall. They may be revolved like turntables, thus constantly varying, according to the viewer’s whim, the play of dynamic thrust imposed by sequent repositioning” (Parker Tyler, Carl Pickhardt, New York, 1972)