(1904 - 1988)
Herman Erwin Menzel was active/lived in Illinois. Herman Menzel is known for urban and rural scene-ordinary life.
Biography Herman Menzel
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The following biography, submitted January 2005, has been provided by Wendy Greenhouse, PhD, co-author of "A Rediscovered Regionalist: Herman Menzel".
Although a relatively isolated figure in the local art world of his day, Chicago native Herman Erwin Menzel created a body of work that allies him with many of the city's progressive artists of the twenties and thirties in its adherence to conventions of representationalism, its emphasis on everyday subject matter, and its subtle air of mystery and mood.
Menzel was born on October 19, 1904, and grew up near Hamilton Park on Chicago's South Side. His father was pastor of a German Lutheran church and insisted that his six children speak only High German in the home. As a child, H
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