Richard Koppe Paintings

American painter and sculptor Richard Koppe (1916-1973) was born in St. Paul, MN. He began his studies in 1933 at the St. Paul School of Art, then relocated to Chicago in 1937 where he enrolled in Moholy-Nagy's New Bauhaus (Institute of Design). In 1945 Koppe returned to the Institute of Design (which merged with the Illinois Institute of Technology), where he headed the Department of Visual Design until 1963. His works have been exhibited at nearly every major museum in the America including the MOMA and the Whitney.

Abstract Composition, 1945, gouache on paper, 11" x 14". Richard Norton Gallery, available at post

Abstract #5, 1934-1943, gouache on paper, 18" x 27.375". Ball State University Museum of Art

Abstract, oil on canvas, 36" x 30". Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, sold

untitled portrait, c. 1945, gouache on paper, 14.5" x 11.5". Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, sold

Woman in the Yellow Dress, 1941, gouache on paper, 29" x 22". Ball State University Museum of Art

Abstract Composition, 1946, gouache on paper, 14.5" x 11.5". Richard Norton Gallery

Abstract Composition, 1946, gouache on paper, 14.5" x 11.5". Richard Norton Gallery

Abstract Composition, c. 1945, gouache on paper, 11" x 14". Richard Norton Gallery, available at post

Aura, 1948, oil on canvas, 32" x 42". Richard Norton Gallery, sold

untitled sculpture, 1950, brass and oil on canvas, 33" x 43". Wright Auctions, sold 2001

Plate from Well of the Sea Restaurant (c. 1954) once located in the Sherman Hotel, Chicago. Image via

Here is a flickr set of Richard Koppe dishes and ephemera.
Here is a set of images from Richard Koppe's 1948 series called "15 Drawings".

2 comments:

marvin the mavin said...

a correction to info: Institute of Design became part of or merged with Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949 (+/-) and has been known as "the Institute of Design of IIT".

I was one of Dick Koppe's students, he was really a bright and talented artist.

Mid-Centuria said...

Thanks for the correction Marvin- I have corrected the post to say "merged with" IIT and not "became" IIT.

Wow, how lucky you are to have studied under Koppe!