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 Harry B. Lachman  (1886 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California      Known for: landscape and coastal painting, illustration

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View of Paris from Saint Cloud
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A onetime magazine illustrator, Harry Lachman, born LaSalle, Indiana June 29, 1886, became one of the leading European Post-Impressionist painters in the teens and twenties. By his late twenties, Lachman had established himself as an artist both in America and Europe. He exhibited in America at the National Academy of Design, New York, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Early on in his career Lachman traveled to Europe to paint and eventually lived at various times in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. In Europe, the painter's works were accepted at the annual Parisian Salons.

Lachman worked as a set designer with the equally artistically-inclined film maker Rex Ingram at the latter's studio in Nice, France.

At age 42, Lachman put aside his oils to become a film director in England. He came to Hollywood when signed by the Fox Studios in 1933. Lachman's most impressive American directorial projects included the elaborate Spencer Tracy vehicle "Dante's Inferno" (1935) and Laurel and Hardy's "Our Relations" (1936). Both were made in collaboration with Rudolph Mate, Lachman's favorite cinematographer.

He worked extensively at 20th Century-Fox's "B" unit, turning out several of the better Charlie Chan movies as well as the atmospheric "The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe" (1942) and horror film, "Dr. Renault's Secret" (1942).

Harry Lachman returned to painting in 1943; his works both in the field of art and the realm of cinema are still exhibited worldwide. He died on March 19, 1975.

In France, Lachman was elevated to Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a position held by other Americans, most notably Richard E. Miller. While his "Parisian Spring" is owned by the Petit Palais, Paris, four other paintings by him were acquired by the Musee du Luxembourg. He is represented in the collections of the Art Institute, Chicago and the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, among others.

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Born in La Salle, IL on June 29, 1886, Harry Lachman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. After working as a magazine illustrator, he went to Paris in 1911 to begin an art career and gained fame quickly for his Post-Impressionist paintings.

At his first exhibition, 40 of the 55 canvases sold, two to the Musee du Luxemburg.  He was a successful film director in France and England before arriving in Hollywood in 1933.  He was a film director for Fox Films into the 1940s and then returned to painting.

Lachman died in Beverly Hills on March 19, 1975.

Exhibition:
Allied Arts Festival, Los Angeles County Museum 1936.

Collection:
Musee du Luxembourg (France).
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Los Angeles Times, 1-19-1936 & 3-20-1975 (obituary).
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Biography from Anderson Galleries, Inc.:
A onetime magazine illustrator, Harry Lachman, became one of the leading European Post-Impressionist painters in the teens and twenties.  By his late twenties, Lachman had established himself as an artist both in America and Europe.  He exhibited in America at the National Academy of Design, New York, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Early on in his career Lachman traveled to Europe to paint and eventually lived at various times in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.  In Europe, the painter's works were accepted at the annual Parisian Salons.

At age 42, Lachman put aside his oils to become a film director in England.  He came to Hollywood when signed by the Fox Studios in 1933.  Lachman's most impressive American directorial projects included the elaborate Spencer Tracy vehicle Dante's Inferno (1935) and Laurel and Hardy's Our Relations (1936).

Harry Lachman returned to painting in 1943; his works both in the field of art and the realm of cinema are still exhibited worldwide.

In France, Lachman was elevated to Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a position held by few other Americans, most notably Richard E. Miller.  While his Parisian Spring is owned by the Petit Palais, Paris, four other paintings by him were acquired by the Musee du Luxembourg.  He is represented in the collections of the Art Institute, Chicago and the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, among others.

The present work features an iconic view the Seine.  Using a soft pastel palette of greens and blues accented with pink and orange, Lachman captures a sparkling day in France.  His loose, Impressionist brushwork, gives movement to the quaking leaves, shifting clouds, and sunlight dappling the ground.  Scenes such as this form the finest part of Lachman's oeuvre and recall his works in the Petit Palais and Musee du Luxembourg.

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