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 Louis Spiegel  (1901 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: clown portrait, harbor scene, still-life

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Joyce Bright

emmett Kelly oil paintings
i am interested in more oil paintings to purchase by Lou Spiegel. I love them and collect both Sr. And Jr clowns.

ed scott

3 Spiegel paintings
My parents aquired three Paintings when I was a child. My memory is that they were purchased directly from the artist . I recall that my parents and Mr. Spiegel were friends where we lived in Miami FL.
Does anyone have an idea about this ?

Thank you in advance.




Louis Spiegel
I found by accident a clown portrait by L Spiegel signed and dated n the front with a letter on the back which is also signed and dated. The portrait is in red ink and the clown is smoking a cigarette and has another cigarette tucked into his hat. Does anyone know who he is referring to when he talks about "your father"? It's a beautiful picture.

John Schlack

Louis Spiegel
I found a clown portrait and receipt of purchase from 1962. E???? Ho Kelly writen on one side and l Spiegel on the other. It's an awesome portrait. I was wondering if there's a market for this or how many portraits there are.

thomas nixon

louis spiegel painting
i bought this painting at a auction a few years back its a clown holding another little clown i cant find it anywhere im trying to see if it is worth anything its dated 69 at bottom does anyone know anything about this painting

Jana Holdsworth

Teal vase with flowers
My mother had this painting in our house for as long as I can remember and now I have inherited it. It definitely was a palette knife painting and possibly a "toothpaste" one. The overall painting is teal and is of a vase with flowers. Does anyone know anything about it?

thomas nixon

have a louis spiegel painting
I bought a picture yrs ago it was painted in 1969 I'm wondering how I can get it priced how can I do it and were.

K Wira

Shirley I have. Question
My Grandfather and your Father were very dear friends. In Fact your dad painted a picture for my grandparents when I was born.1966.. Which is documented on the back as his last painting of a full body clown! He is holding balloons and 2 of them sport my first and then middle name. I treasure it and it hangs in my bedroom . Here is my question...I am pretty sure I own some of your fathers crest toothpaste pictures...when I purchased them they were represented to me as such....Do you happen to know what the paintings were of? I would love to know the history and would love to show them to you...thanks for any info you can give me....

Shirley Gottlieb

Louis Spiegel
I am the daughter of
this sister Beverly is now deceased. His
work was always signed and dated.His
favorite tool was the palette knife
In the 40's he was
dared by a P@G exec
to paint using Crest and Gleem toothpaste.I would like to know where the famous toothpaste painting
hangs today...

J.A. Redman

Is this rare for a Spiegel painting?
I recently came across a painting by Mr. Spiegel which I purchased without ever hearing of him. I bought it off a professor of a university as part of an estate sale. It is of what appears to be a small boat on a lake or river with scenery surrounding the lake. The paint is layered thickly and is beautiful. Most of the images I see online are more human-oriented (such as the clowns). Do any of you know if Mr. Spiegel did many landscapes? Based solely on internet searches, I feel I may have a rare type of painting by this artist. Again, it is simply beautiful. Thank you.

Dean Cook

Louis Spiegel art work
I met Mr Spiegel in Cincinnatti in the early 70's at one of the hotels downtown. I was just out of college and was fascinated by all artwork. Mr Spiegel was working on a clown but took the time to show me his other works. I bought a reverse print of the fountain, and several clowns but my favorite is a grouping of five india ink on parchment paper. of a Rabbi, a mother, a father, and two clergymen discussing the Torah. Mr Spiegel insisted that I call him Lou. As I was buying the india ink prints he signed each copy again as the prints had his signature on the print and he made a few extra swirls, telling me that my print was then one of a kind. He was a very loveable man


as i read all your notes..and so many of you have asked what price..that is a tough have to understand there will be no more spiegel paintings painted..start with a high can always reduce the price..

Lisa Rice

Louis Spiegel but not a clown picture
Was wondering if anyone had any idea about the picture I have. It is not a clown painting that so many have, but a black and white picture that has a picture of a man who appears Oriental perhaps. It is double signed. Just curious.

James DeGroot

Emmett Kelly on wood !
I own an original of Emmett Kelly done on plywood! I've been told that there were but a few that were done on wood. It is signed: . . .L.Spiegle on the front w/ the year "70". It is in the original frame, and measures 22"X26". It commands a spot of distinction in my home, and I was wondering if anyone out there could share any additional info. re: this work. Obviously, Mr. Spiegle is remembered as much for the fine human being he was as for his artwork. We should all leave such a legacy!

jo hibbs

clown leaning on broom
i have a painting of a clown leaning on a broom riverfront stadium in back groud with river boat and a reds win,
pollution on rock i love this .
had it framed with a red mat looks really great
can you tell me more about it.
thanks jo hibbs.

Tony Metzner

Lou Spiegel -great guy and artist
I spent much time with Lou as a youngster watching him paint in his studio, where he had an El Greco by the way, and collaborated on some textile dyeing media. Saw him paint a number of the types of paintings described in this blog, own several, and he even painted my portrait as a gift to my parents. The human face was something he mastered - just look at Emmit, the other realism clowns - and my portrait!

brad colman

louis spiegel painting
I have a large oil painting by Louis Spiegel given to me by my great uncle, Joe Rheins from Cincinnati 20 or 30 years ago, with a note to him on the back from Mr. Spiegel. It is dated 1969 and very colorful.

Carolyn Mounce

Clown Painting - Louis Spiegel
I have an old clown painting - loooks like very old clown, dark hair very red nose, with one hand in the painting, looks as if he is putting his big red thumb in his mouth. Red tie or neck scarf. This is 16 x 20, original frame, has $65.00 wrote on back and B1082 not sure what that means. This painting hung in a savings and loan in the Cincinnati area since the early 70's.

Charlotte McDermott

Three-Headed Clown by Speigel
My mother was an avid clown lover/collector. Imagine how excited she was when the Action Auction put up an original three-headed Speigel for bid. We didn't have very much money, but between the two of us we came up with the winning bid of $200.00. We picked up the painting at his studio in downtown Cincinnati. What an adventure! I have the painting now along with her complete clown collection.


Mr. Speigel
I own 3 of Mr Speigel's clown paintings. One 36X24 clown very colorful. In one hand the clown is holding balloons in the other hand is a branch with blue birds on it. The other 36X24 is a clown bending as if to throw a baseball standing in front of the old Riverfront Stadium with a blue bird perched on his rump and a blue bird on the ground, the clown also has a ball glove on one hand. The smaller on is a Bozo type clown 26X24. I bought them from Mr. Speigel in the 70's when he had his studio at 7th and Race in Cincinnati. They are also signed on the back. I have enjoyed these pantings and they hang in my living room.

Don Lucas

I inherited a painting of Mr. Speigel's. The painting is of a Matador -black background with a many brilliant colors. Does anyone know anything about this particular painting?

Don Lucas

karen Slattery

Lou Spiegel
In 1970 I worked in downtown Cicninnati. One day at lunch I bought a Riverfront Clown print from Mr. Spiegel for $1.00. It is the one with
the riverfront, delta queen
and the broom with liter. He signed it for me & I framed it, but it was lost in moving. Recently a friend bought me a larger
(same)print in a frame, it
is dated 1970. My husband & I also have 2 large poster size original drawings that we watched him do on WCET Action Auction. These were purchased in 1971 or 72- one is a rabbi and the other is his huge "Emmit" face. These we framed and
they hang in our computer room. I have loved his work since that day downtown.

Cindy Duka

Signed painting we call Pineapple
I am in FLorida and we have a signed frame bright colored oil painting which we call the Pineapple In the article on the back He signed and it states: "When I die," he says,"I'am going to come come clean these paintings. Or as least wipe away the tears." Looking for some history and value.

donald harkins

The River front stadium clown, dated 1970
My question is there more than one painting of the 1970 river front clown leaning on a broom? Are there copies of the original? I ask, because I have a louis spiegel hanging in my house of the 1970 river front stadium clown.


Louis Spiegel "the clown artist"
In 1970 my husband & I would go to Mr. Spiegel's studio in downtown Cincinnati & watch him work. He imported art from Europe & we picked up pieces from him as we listened to him talk about other artists & their work (for better or worse). He was a fun, jolly man wearing a beret, artist smock & weilding an art pallet in one hand & a brush in the other. He truly looked like a jolly ole elf as he lectured & pointed with the brush to emphasize a point. I have fond memories of Mr. Spiegel & some of his art work. I have no idea what any of his work is actually worth & just on a lark looked up this site tonight. He was a prolific painter & I am sure there is an ample supply of his work. The painting described by Sue Atkinson (on the post) we saw him working on...he wouldn't sell it to us b/c he said when he died it would be worth something & he was painting it for his new wife! We did get a signed print of that painting. I remember being at the opening of BB season that year at Riverfront stadium (it was cold & I nearly froze to death!).

beverly spiegel dates

my father louis spiegel
i am the very proud daughter of louis spiegel..i am always looking for his art works.thank you all for the very kind words about my dad.

Frederick J Miller DMD

My Mothers Cousin
Lou Spiegel was my mothers cousin.He sent me a beautiful Clown Painting for my Bar Mitzva in 1960.
In 1965 Ivisited his studio in Cincinnati.I have five paintings displayed in my Dental Office.Dr Joe Rosen and Pearl were my grandparents.
Love to hear from lost relatives.

Jean Comer

Colorful Clown
I have a painting of a colorful clown (yellow, blue, green and red striped hat; yellow neck bow, blue neck ruffle with multicolor dots). Signed LSpiegel on the front of the painting in blue paint and on the back of the frame backboard in black marker. Also on the backboard is glued a reprint of a Cincinnati Enquirer article entitled "Likes To Paint Clowns" by Joe Green. I'd like to know more background about the clown paintings by Lou Spiegel and also to try to determine about when this painting was done.
My parents bought this painting for me as a child in the late 60's/early 70's and I remember my mother speaking about the "toothpaste paintings" I believe it was purchased at the L. Spiegel Galleries on Seventh Street in Cincinnati. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Louis Cornelius

Lou Spiegel
I grew up around Cincinnati and remember he had a shop downtown. I have one of his paintings and know where many exist. When Lou died his second wife sold his private collection of his works for little to nothing. I knew the family that purchased most of them. They were again rescently sold. I remember his toothpaste paintings and know a lady in Edgewood, KY that had a few of those pieces. I do know that his niece is Patricia Weiner that used to run the gallery with her husband Chuck in Montgomery.

Isadore Baseman

Louis Spiegel

Found your name on the web at Ask Art. My family lived in Cincinnati in the early 60s; we have a few paintings by your grandfather. Two are clowns that hung in my parent’s house and now my house. I will give them to my children.

The other is a sketch of a rabbi and the background looks like a Hebrew newspaper. On the back is an article about your grandfather written by Anne Alford from the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article headline is Louis Spiegel’s Finest Art Work is His Life. He signed the back of each painting. I’m not sure I can take the back off to copy for you.

The clowns are dated 1965.

sue atkinson

Louis Spiegel

We also own a painting of a clown standing by the riverfront in Cincinnati leaning on a broom. The painting shows the bridge in the background, the Delta Queen, Stadium and litter on the ground. Headlines on the littered paper reads, "REDS WIN'. Matt if your interested in seeing another one of your grandfathers pieces let us know and we'd be happy to share. Our painting is signed and dated 1970.


Louis Spiegel
Louis Spiegel was my Grandfather (mothers father)
We are constantly searching for his paintings. I have seen some for $100 to $500. There are many worth more but I havent seen them. He was great. I think you should hold onto it


info on painting I own
large oil of flowers in vase.would like to know more about it

Lester Blackburn

Louis Spiegle
Own a 16 x 20 Clown with blue background dark hair, not dated but signed. News clipping on back of the oil with artist picture and a short biography.

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