Robert von Neumann

Rostock, Germany 1888 — 1976 West Bend

After emigrating from Germany in 1935, Von Neumann achieved success as a leading Regionalist artist working in Wisconsin. The painter and printmaker trained in Berlin at the Royal Academy and in Weimar. He remained attached to academia, teaching for almost thirty years at the Milwaukee State Teachers College, now the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His art resonates with a connection to the common man and a respect for honest labor. Von Neumann had solo exhibitions of his work at the Art Institute of Chicago (1941), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1944), and the Milwaukee Art Museum (1960).