Andrew Thomas Schwartz
(1867 - 1942)
Andrew Thomas Schwartz was active/lived in New York. Andrew Schwartz is known for landscape, mural, figure, genre.
Andrew Thomas Schwartz
Biography from Ivyhill Gallery
Andrew T. Schwartz was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His early
education was in the public schools of his hometown, where he showed
great promise as an artist. In 1890, he began intense art study
with the famed Frank Duveneck at the Cincinnati ArtAcademy. He
later studied with H. Siddons Mowbray at the Art Students League in New
York, where he was awarded the Lazarus Scholarship for mural painting
to study abroad, which resulted in three years of study in Italy,
France, Germany and England. He was, at the time, only the second
person to win that award. His work from the Lazarus trip was the
subject of an individual show at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
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returned to the United States to assist his teacher Mowbray in
decorating the University Club and J. P. Morgan's private library in
New York. He later worked independently and developed a following
as a mural painter. His reputation was certainly enhanced by the
mural Christ, the Good Shepherd for the Baptist Church in
South Londonderry, Vermont, which was considered at the time one of the
best examples of mural painting. Other murals were painted for
the Courthouse of New York, the New York YMCA, the Atkins Museum of
Fine Art in Kansas City and the Kansas City Life Insurance Company
Schwartz also painted a number of other paintings in
addition to his murals, including both figurative and landscapes.
Many of his landscapes are views of New England. He exhibited
extensively at the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Art Institute of Chicago, the
Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and other major cities.
a member of the National Society of Mural Painters, the Salmagundi
Club, the Architectural League of New York, Allied Artists of America,
American Watercolor Society, the Circolo Artistico of Rome, Italy, and
the Union International Des Beaux Arts et Des Lettres of Paris, France.
memorial show of Schwartz's work was held at the Lotus Club of New York
City in 1944 through the efforts of the sculptor, Charles Keck.
The dean of art critics of the time, Royal Cortissoz, viewed Schwartz's
work before the exhibition in Keck's studio and wrote, "Schwartz could
saturate an Italian scene in the handsome 'Roman Twilight' but when he
came to paint the countryside of his native land he was moved solely by
its racy sentiment. He had charm as well as craftsmanship."
the best tribute one artist can give another was given Schwartz by the
famed American artist, Elihu Vedder. After Vedders's death a
number of Schwartz paintings were found in Vedder's studio. These had
been purchased from Schwartz during Vedder's lifetime.
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