Colorado & Regional Art

Shapes & Space

Shapes & Space

Year 1961

Artist Eo Kirchner (1901–1991, American)

Media serigraph

Dimensions 11 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Eva Lucille “Eo” Kirchner was born in Rich Hill, Missouri in 1901. She studied at the Denver Academy of Art, University of Denver, Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia and University of Southern California. She was a student of noted Denver sculptor Gladys Caldwell Fisher and exhibited frequently with Fisher in the early days of the Denver Artists’ Guild. Beginning in 1944 she taught for several years at the University of Denver. In 1948 she was a founding member of 15 Colorado Artists, a group of modernists that broke from the more traditional Denver Artists’ Guild. Kirchner worked in terra cotta, wood, plaster and occasionally in bronze. She also threw pots, painted in oil and executed many prints. Witty and sometimes scathing, Kirchner was also deeply religious and accepted many ecclesiastical commissions. She produced a book, America’s Past – Sentinels of our Founding Fathers, about historic church art and architecture, and many of her serigraphs had religious themes. Kirchner felt that spirituality was not in conflict with Modernism and demonstrated her beliefs in her work.

Not currently on view

Signature "1/10 SHAPES & SPACE 5/61" and initialed "E" across bottom

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2009.0801