Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

Wilmer Behler

 (1915 - 1994)
Wilmer G Behler was active/lived in Pennsylvania.  Wilmer Behler is known for modernist-leaning landscape painting, lithography, commercial art.

Biography  
Wilmer Behler


Biography from Jim's Of Lambertville

Wilmer G. Behler was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he lived throughout his life.  A self-taught artist with no formal training, he spent his early years painting constantly while visiting museums and working with artists of renown.  Employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company during World War II, Behler continued to paint as a hobby.  He was later employed by the Lehigh Advertising Company as a sign painter. Eventually Behler was afforded an opportunity to become one of the founders and art director of the Lehigh Lithography Company.

Among his early successes was the reproduction of one of his paintings by the Hallmark Company as a contemporary American Artist's greeting card.  Subsequently, his work was shown at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Behler's artistic accomplishments brought further awards and honors, including one-man shows at the Allentown Art Museum and the Lamplight Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as three shows at the Kemmerer Museum in Bethlehem.  In addition, he received a commission to paint a 48-foot mural of the Liberty Bell's trip from Philadelphia to Allentown, which was installed in the Liberty Bell Shrine at Zion's Reformed Church in Allentown.

Behler is best known for his scenes of local landscapes, using an unusual modernist technique with the use of a palette knife as well as a brush. His earlier work is in the impressionist style.  He taught private painting lessons in his North Light Studio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

His work is represented in many private collections throughout the United States. He believed that being an artist was the most fulfilling life a person could have. He insisted, "A man must paint the things he loves and love the things he paints." Behler died in 1994.


** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at registrar@askart.com.

Share an image of the Artist images@askart.com.


  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Wilmer Behler

Born:  1915 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Died:   1994 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Known for:  modernist-leaning landscape painting, lithography, commercial art