Untitled
1943
23.75" x 31.25"
Framed: 33.75" x 41.25"
Painting, Oil on board
Much of Oskar's later work turned from his former more representational / modernist style towards the abstract. He never laid out a sketch before painting, preferring to work directly with his brush on the canvas. His reasoning for this method was that he did not have time to sketch while he observed; rather he preserved his impressions, which he would record later on canvas, “through color sensations”. Thalinger painted until a stroke impaired his eyesight at the age of 78 and passed away in 1965 after suffering a second stroke. His career spanned half a century.

About the Artist
(1885 - 1965)
Oskar Thalinger's work evolved from realistic landscapes to non-objective abstract modernism. At age fifteen, Thalinger enrolled in the Art School in St. Louis, which later became the Fine Arts School of Washington University. There he studied painting and drawing during the day and sculpture at night.

Thalinger became known in the late 1920s and early thirties for his images of "old St. Louis landmarks and dwellings which had lost their former glory". Along with other local artists of the twenties and thirties, "he sought both inspiration and escape from the city's problems. During this period he did Regionalist subjects and participated in the St. Genevieve Art Colony, a group of painters attracted to the picturesque town of St. Genevieve, Missouri near St. Louis.

While expanding his subject matter his style remained the same; however he was intrigued by distortion of perspective and abandonment of realism. French-inspired Cubism and German-inspired Abstract Expressionism may have challenged him while studying in both Paris and Munich during the first decade of the twentieth century.