|William Meyerowitz |
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Oil on canvas
27 x 35 inches
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William Meyerowitz, a painter and etcher, was born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine, July 15, 1896. Meyerowitz came to the United States in 1908 and studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, from 1912-16. As a portraitist, he painted the likenesses of Alfred Einstein and other notables such as the U.S. Supreme Court Justices; and as an etcher, he was an innovator in color etching techniques. Meyerowitz married Theresa Bernstein in 1919; she wrote a book about her husband. In 1922-1923 the artist traveled extensively in Europe. He later made several etching plates inspired by this journey. He belonged to numerous organizations including the Audubon Society of Artists, for which he served as director from 1960 to 1967; the Rockport Art Association, and the North Shore Art Association at Gloucester. From 1930 to 1940, he taught at the Settlement House in New York; from 1940 to 1945, he taught at the Modern School of Self Expression. He died on May 28, 1981.
Exhibited: University of Maine; Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York; Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Baltimore Museum, Maryland; Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; Carnegie Institute, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania; Currier Art Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Works Held: U.S. National Museum; Phillips Memorial Art Gallery; Library of Congress; Washington D.C.; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Boston University; Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts; New York Public Library; Harvard Club; National Academy, New York; Albany Institute of Art and History, New York; Concord Arts Association., New Hampshire; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; Yale University; University of Pennsylvania; Speed Memorial Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.; Harvard Law School; John Herron Art Institute, University of Kentucky.; M. Ein Harod, Israel; Tel Aviv Art Museum, Israel; Jewish Museum, New York; Fitchburg Art Museum; Bezalel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Modern Art; Brandeis University.
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