WILLIAM S. SCHWARTZ
"MY FRIEND THE CONDUCTOR"
OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED
29 X 23 INCHES
William S. Schwartz
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.
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 housepainter and continued his study in the fine art
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.
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
catalogue, The Paintings, Drawings, and Lithographs of William S.
William S. Schwartz died in Chicago in 1977.