Throughout his career, Maurer worked in series, concentrating intensely for given periods of time on specific subject matter as a means to explore progressive ideas about color, space, and abstraction. He painted landscapes, studio interiors, nudes, still lifes (including a series of flowers in vases), and unusual portraits, although it could be argued that design and composition were his true subjects. While he was fluent in a variety of modernist styles, Maurer typically incorporated flat space, elements of abstraction, brilliant color, and rhythmic, expressive lines into his work.
Image: Alfred Henry Maurer, ca. 1931, unidentified photographer. Courtesy the Archives of American Art. (2270)