The Otto Neumann Collection
Otto Neumann (1895-1975) was a German painter and printmaker whose life and career incorporated the evolution from German expressionism through biomorphic surrealism and to the total abstraction of the human form.  Trained by academic portraitists, the artist soon became attracted to the work of Kokoschka and painted dynamic and often extremely colorful portraits.  He abandoned both portraits and oil painting to pursue his increasing interests in the human condition, with woodcuts, linoleum prints, and graphite drawings of mythological and literary based subjects. After World War II, his forms became increasingly abstract, though the human figure in an undefined background remained his exclusive subject until the end of a long, active, and prolific career. Despite personal tragedy and ill health, Neumann had managed to continue to evolve as an artist. Rather than living in the past, as so many of his contemporaries of the pre-war generation had done, he had never ceased to experiment as an artist. His subjects, style, and technical processes had changed several times, and we can see Neumann's participation in the evolution of 20th-century art through the representative works in this collection.

The Otto Neumann collection is on display at the Skokie campus ( near room A231) and at the Des Plaines campus (near room 2615).
 
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Limbo, 1925
Linocut, 19-1/2 x 13-3/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
The Boat to the Styx, c. 1925
Linocut, 19-3/4 x 27-3/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Charon and his Boat, c. 1925
Hand painted linocut, 18-1/2 x 25 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Baboon, 1929
Graphite drawing, 
25-1/4 x 19 in.

 
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Running Male Nudes, c. 1930's
 Watercolor and Pencil 
27-1/2 x 21-1/4 in.
Seated Figure, 1930  
Watercolor and graphite

25-1/4 x 19 in. 
Standing Nude, 1930
Watercolor and graphite
28-3/4 x 20 in.
Standing Nude, 1932
Watercolor, 28.5 x 20 in.
Gift of Albert Rothschild
 
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Alpha and Omega, c. 1933
Linocut, 18.5 x 25 in.
Gift of Albert Rothschild
Men with Spikes, c. 1935
Linocut, 18.5 x 25 in.
Gift of Gerald and Judy Rothschild
Woman with Upraised Arm
c. 1940, Linocut, 19.5 x 14 in.
Gift of Gerald and Judy Rothschil
Nude Figures, 1949
Watercolor, 17 x 12 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
 
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Four Men, c. 1952
Linocut, 25-1/2 x 19-3/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Two Kneeling Women, 1952
Monotype, 17 x 12-1/4 in.
Two Nude Women, 1952
Monotype, 21-1/4 x 15 in.
Horses and Riders, 1952
Monotype, 15 x 21-1/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
 
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Four Standing Figures, 1953
Woodcut, 24.5 x 18.25 in.

Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Four Male Nudes, 1959
Monotype, 24-3/4 x 17-3/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Abstract Figures, 1962
Monotype, 24-1/2 x 18-1/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
Study for Abstract, 1965
Chalk, 19 x 14 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol

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Abstract, 1965
Momotype, 24.5 x 17.75 in.
Gift of Mr. And mrs. Herbert Rothschild
Abstraction, 1965
Monotype, 17-3/4 x 24-1/2 in.
Biomorphic Forms, 1967
Monotype, 18 x 24.5 in.
Gift of Mr. And mrs. Herbert Rothschild
Abstract Form, 1968
Monotype, 24-3/4 x 17-3/4 in.
Gift of Sandra and David Sokol
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