Alfons Bach (American, 1904-1999) painted this Modernist oil on board depiction of Florida Sailboats circa 1950s-60s. Signed l.r., it measures 24 x 20 in., sight size, floating in a frame with overall size 27-3/4 x 23-3/4 in. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, Alfons Bach studied architecture at the University of Berlin and at the Reimann School. He came to the U.S. in 1926 and established an industrial design firm in 1932 in New York City. In 1937 he moved to Stamford, CT, becoming president of the American Designers Institute in 1943. Influenced by the Bauhaus School, his designs were streamlined to reflect American Machine-age tastes. His work was included in contemporary industrial art exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in surveys of the centuryâ€™s design at the Museum of Modern Art. He continued his successful practice in Palm Beach, FL in 1959, and retired to Pensacola in 1992.
Bach was also a noted painter. His oils and watercolors have been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Silvermine Guild of Artists. He exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1934, 1936 and 1938, the American Designers Institute in 1942 (prize), the Modern Museum of Art, the New Jersey State Museum, the Philadelphia Art Center, The Riverside (California) Art Association, The Los Angeles Art Association, the Newark Museum of Art, the Rockford Art Association, The Babcock Gallery 1948, the Silvermine 1950, and the Stamford Museum 1954. He is listed in Who Was Who In American Art.