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William Samuel Schwartz was born in Smorgen, Russia on February 23, 1896 and died in Chicago February 10, 1977. He studied at the Vilna Art School in Russia from 1908 to 1912.
At the age or sixteen he immigrated to America and three years later entered the Art Institute of Chicago where he was awarded a scholarship. To help support himself, he worked 16 hours a day waiting on tables, ushering in theatres, singing in concerts and operas. In 1912, the year after graduation from the School at the Chicago Art Institute (with honors in life study, portraiture and general excellence in painting), he made his American debut at the annual show of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity. Since that time his work has been seen in national and international exhibitions held in this country and abroad. Schwartz worked in oils, watercolor, lithography, and as a sculptor.
Schwartz's work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum or Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Pennsylvania Academy; Art Institute of Chicago, Joslyn Museum, Oklahoma Museum, Dallas Public Museum and State Museum of Illinois, Associated Artists Gallery and numerous other museums.
His works are also included in many important private collections. He is represented in the following permanent public collections; the Art Institute of Chicago; the San Francisco Museum; the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Santa Barbara Museum or Art; Denver Art Museum; Art Alliance of Philadelphia; Encyclopedia Britannica, American Peoples Encyclopedia: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Library of Congress and Department of Labor, Washington. D. C.; Henry Gallery; Des Moines Art Center; Montclair Art Museum; Elgin Academy; Detroit Insti-tute of Arts; Musee Julf, Paris, France; En Herod Museum; Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, Bir-Bidjan Museum, Russia.
Collections of Universities of Illinois, Chicago, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Minne-sota, Monticello College, Bradley, Chicago Public Schools, Oshkosh Public Museum, Union League Club of Chicago and others. In total, fifty-three museums and university galleries own William S. Schwartz's works.
He has done murals at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933; Cook County Nurses Home, Chicago; and in Post Offices at Fairfield, Eldorado, and Pittsfield, Illinois.
Since 1922, Schwartz's works have been written about and reproduced in more than one hundred publications by every major art critic in the nation.
He received awards for paintings and lithographs at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Art Institute or Chicago (on five different occasions from 1927-1945); the Scarab Club of Detroit; Honorable Mention; Monticello College, Godfrey, Illinois; First Prize; Albert Kahn Prize, Temple Beth El, Detroit, First Prize; Covenant Club, Chicago, Prizes, 1936-1941; First National Lithography Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, Honorable Mention; 4th National Lithography Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, First Prize; Corpus Christi Art Foundation, Corpus Christi, Texas, Honorable Mention; Union League Club of Chicago, First Prize.
Roughton Galleries, Dallas, Texas
Courtesy to AskART from Brian Roughton
|Biography from Papillon Gallery:|
|William S. Schwartz was born in Smorgon, Russia, February 23, 1896. His studies and travels were extensive as were his body of work and musical endeavors. Schwartz studied at the Vilna Art School in Russia with a four-year scholarship before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. He lived with his sister in New York for eight months before joining his brother in Omaha. There he became a housepainter and continued his study in fine art at the Kellom School. |
Under the instruction of J. Laurie Wallace, Schwartz studied life drawing, portraiture and painting. He later moved to Chicago where he continued his lessons at the Art Institute and assumed the role of principle tenor in various vaudeville, radio, concert and operatic performances. His musical career supported his tuition at the Institute throughout the 1920’s when he became a well-recognized painter.
Schwartz’s musical career continued to influence his works of abstract compositions, most notably in his series Symphonic Forms. His paintings have been closely sourced to the writings and philosophies of Wassily Kandinsky who explored the relations of music, spirituality, color and abstract form.
After graduating from the Art Institute, Schwartz continued to exhibit there annually in group shows until, in 1926, he held his first solo-exhibition at the Institute. He continued to exhibit extensively in Chicago, Madison, Dallas, New York, Detroit and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Schwartz received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career across the United States. In 1930 Manuel Chapman published an extensive study, William S. Schwartz, and in 1984, Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc. held an exhibition of Schwartz’s work for which Doug Dreishpoon wrote an eloquent introduction to the catalogue, "The Paintings, Drawings, and Lithographs of William S. Schwartz".
William S. Schwartz died in Chicago in 1977.
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