German born artist, Andrew Michael Dasburg would frequently state that his artistic life could be easily divided into two parts - the part before he encountered the work of Cezanne, and the part following it. Realistically however, Dasburg was more than a follower of Cezanne; he would eventually insert his hero's theories into his own works, and become an artist of wide skill across many mediums.
While his life's work would be comprised mostly of landscapes, still life compositions and an occasional portrait, he would work in oil, watercolor, ink, pastels, charcoal and lithography.
He was born in Germany, but immigrated to New York City's famous "Hell's Kitchen" district at the age of five. By the time he was fifteen a teacher had noted his skills and gotten him enrolled at the Art Students League, where he studied under Robert Henri. It was Henri who first drew his attention to the weight and mass of the forms in his works, and he would instinctively use this logic, harmony and balance in most of his work, eventually being called "the greatest draughtsman of landscape since Van Gogh".
He would travel to France in 1909, where he first saw the work of Cezanne. Returning to the United States he worked briefly in the Cubist style, in addition to displaying the influences of Cezanne, but left pure abstraction behind by 1916, and began exhibiting his mature style of simplified, but recognizable forms, surrounded by the power of nature.
Dasburg would experiment in other mediums, and be acknowledged as one of the earliest and greatest of the modern painters in America. His works are in the collections of major museums throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.