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William S. Schwartz, a Study
L. M. Stein, Publisher, Chicago 1930 - The first edition was published in August 1930. This second edition was published two months later in October, 1930. Both editions are extremely rare. The first edition has an original lithograph on page 5. In that first edition there is a statement that the lithograph will not be included in any subsequent editions. The publisher kept his word, and so even though this second edition has a reference to the original lithograph in the list of illustrations, it has this reference only because the page listing the illustrations was reproduced unchanged in the second edition. A color photocopy of this litho is laid in here, reproduced from the original litho to be found in a first edition copy (see the single sheet reproduced in the photo here). Both editions are as rare as hens teeth. Printed on fine paper, many full page illustrations. William S. Schwartz was born in Smorgon, Russia February 23, 1896. His studies and travels were extensive as was his body of work and musical endeavors. Schwartz studied at the Vilna Art School in Russia with a four-year scholarship before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. He lived with his sister in New York for eight months before joining his brother in Omaha. There he became a house painter and continued his study in the fine arts at the Kellom School. Under the instruction of J. Laurie Wallace, Schwartz studied life drawing, portraiture and painting. He later moved to Chicago where he continued his lessons at the Art Institute and assumed the role of principle tenor in various vaudeville, radio, concert and operatic performances. His musical career supported his tuition at the Institute throughout the 1920¿s when he became a well-recognized painter. Schwartz¿s musical career continued to influence his works of abstract compositions, most notably in his series Symphonic Forms. His paintings have been closely sourced to the writings and philosophies of Wassily Kandinsky who explored the relations of music, spirituality, color and abstract form. After graduating from the Art Institute, Schwartz continued to exhibit there annually in group shows until, in 1926, he held his first solo-exhibition at the Institute. He continued to exhibit extensively in Chicago, Madison, Dallas, New York, Detroit and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Schwartz received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career across the United States. In 1930 Manuel Chapman published an extensive study, William S. Schwartz and In 1984, Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc. held an exhibition of Schwartz¿s work for which Doug Dreishpoon wrote an eloquent introduction to the catalog. William S. Schwartz died in Chicago in 1977. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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