(1904 - 1953)
Edgar Leeteg was active/lived in California, Missouri / Tahiti. Edgar Leeteg is known for sensuous paintings on black velvet of Polynesian women.
Biography Edgar Leeteg
Edgar Leeteg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was an American painter often considered the father of American velvet painting. Before Leeteg, black velvet painting was primarily considered a hobby, not an art.
Leeteg initially worked as a billboard painter and sign writer in California before losing his job due to the Depression. Taking a small inheritance, Leeteg moved to Tahiti in 1933 with a few brushes and some paint stolen from his previous employer. Using the women of the island as his models, he sold paintings to visiting sailors.
Leeteg’s best work was done between the years 1933 and 1953. He lived in Cook’s Bay, Tahiti and his main subject was the beautiful Polynesian woman whom he painted amidst their background
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