Frederick C. Landefeld (1863-1944)
The Impressionist painter Frederick C. Landefeld was born in Buffalo, New York, March 17, 1863. He was the son of Carl and Margaretta Distal Landefeld who were immigrants from Germany. He received his initial training at the Buffalo Art School under Mr. Bridgeman and continued at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, both of New York City. He had additional training in the Woodstock summer program under John Carlson and Charles Rosen.
The artist initially specialized in watercolors but after the 1890’s he used oils as his primary media. The artist apparently settled in the Erie, Pennsylvania area around 1897 where he was employed as a lithographer for the Erie Lithograph Company who specialized in printing billboard posters. He married Edith Brack in 1906.
The artist initially exhibited with the Art Club of Erie in 1912 and after 1923 he was a frequent exhibitor for many years and won honorable mentions in 1927 and 1929. The artist seemed to favor nature scenes while painting privately in leisure, holiday and vacation periods. He also exhibited his work at the Albright Gallery in Buffalo and with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and New York. He was an honorary life member of the Buffalo Society of Artists.
To commemorate his career and applaud his talents, Frederick C. Landefeld was chosen as the first artist to exhibit at the Curtze Gallery of the Erie Public Museum when it opened on March 30, 1943. At that time he was Erie’s oldest living artist at 80 years of age. He died within a year on February 9, 1944.
Biography excerpted from the unpublished manuscript by Dr. Kirk W. Steehler: Erie Artists – A History of Heroes. Courtesy of Erie Art Museum.
Information courtesy of Edward P. Bentley, researcher from Lansing, Michigan