Lester Schwartz

(1912, Manitowac - 2006, Ripon, WI)

While in his late teens Lester enjoyed cartooning and received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago to study commercial art; even though his true passion was for the fine arts. He attended classes for about two years until he became disillusioned with the teaching, he returned home to work for his father. 

Before long he realized he really wanted to be an artist, possibly the “Gauguin of Manitowoc” so he returned to the Art Institute of Chicago. This time he studied under Boris Anisfelt, a Russian-Jewish instructor, and applied himself so well that by his fourth year he qualified for a fellowship to travel around the world for two and a half years including study in Paris where he met Pablo Picasso. 

At twenty-two, Schwartz was very influenced by Paul Gauguin and decided to travel to Bali where he painted for the next ten months; a country of contrasts it was considered to be the “paradise of the world” but in reality was very poverty stricken. Schwartz later worked for the WPA in both Illinois and Wisconsin, and served in the U.S. Army, at Fort Leonardwood, where the Chaplain assign

Lester Schwartz
Circus Acrobat on Horse by Lester Schwartz
Circus Acrobat on Horse
12 x 9 in.
Colette by Lester Schwartz
11.5 x 8.5 in.
Riding Horses by Lester Schwartz
Riding Horses
18 x 24 in.
Untitled (Family in the Woods) by Lester Schwartz
Untitled (Family in the Woods)
12.75 x 15.75 in.