“Art, it's a bridge between heaven and earth,” said Charmion von Wiegand (1896-1983), and her quest for the transcendent put her on an adventurous path of artistic exploration. As new ideas came her way, she in turn conveyed them to the world through works of geometric abstraction.
Born March 4, 1896, in Chicago, Illinois, to Inez and Karl von Wiegand, Charmion had a peripatetic childhood. Her father's occupation as a journalist meant frequent moves in the United States, and eventually to Germany; thus, she became accustomed to broad horizons of experience. California was home for a while, and her rambles in San Francisco's Chinatown foreshadowed an enduring captivation with Asian thought and artistic expression.