Spring 2018 Wisconsin Public TV Auction Scripts

Award-winning Wisconsin artist Chuck Bauer has been depicting local landscapes for more than 50 years and has generously donated this colorful oil, “Morning Light in New Glarus.”

A dedicated student of architecture, the artist strives to preserve buildings on canvas, paying close attention to how light and shadow play into the whole, and how they interplay to affect color. His works are studies in contrast, evoking the solitude and timelessness of Edward Hopper, but often with a surprising and happily shocking palette.

Bauer has watched and pondered this old home for years, and beautifully captures its strong character in teal and periwinkle, in stark contrast with a soft morning sky. He cleverly guides our eye behind the house with a punch of orange in a distant outbuilding and encourages up to compete the counterclockwise tour toward the yellow home next door.

Measuring 14” x 18” and framed in a lovely sleek ebony molding this wonderful painting will add life the home or office of the lucky high bidder.

--Peter Lundburg

Chuck Bauer uses traditional oil painting materials and techniques on canvas.

His current paintings honor and celebrate local domestic architecture.

The subject of this painting on canvas is a house in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

The painting shows what was once a commonplace "carpenter's style" house.

The artist is interested in how light falls on structures.

The artist is also concerned with how color can be used expressively.

Some influences on the artist are American Regionalism painting, and modernism in general.

The works of Charles Burchfield and Edward Hopper are also influences.

For example, Hopper often painted complex portraits of buildings.

Frequently Hopper also showed architecture without a human presence.

Hopper almost always showed strong light and shadow on buildings.

A nostalgic atmosphere and respect for the craftsmen of the past both appear in Bauer's work.

Morning light also suggests silence, solitude and timelessness, also typical of Hopper's work.