Werner Drewes
(1899–1985)

A consummate modernist, Werner Drewes received his early training at the Bauhaus in Germany under Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Wassily Kandinsky. Drewes was particularly influenced by Kandinsky and the two became long-life friends. However in 1930, Drewes immigrated to the United States and began to participate in the vibrant art scene of New York City. Only a few years later, he played a key role in the formation of the group known as the American Abstract Artists, a collection of artists who were particularly devoted to promoting the growth and acceptance of non-objective art in the United States.