Karl Knaths (1891-1971) was deeply influenced by Cubism, developing a distinct abstract style that still contained recognizable imagery. Born in the Midwest, Knaths studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before he permanently settled in Provincetown, MA in the 1920s. His work drew inspiration from the seascapes, fishermen, household objects and surrounding architecture of Provincetown where he created in relative isolation during his career. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others. In 1973, a major retrospective of his work was circulated to six American museums by the International Exhibitions Foundation.