DIED: Chicago, 1976
Samuel Himmelfarb was born in Latvia in 1904, but moved to the United States at a young age and spent his early years in Wisconsin. He began his formal art education at the Wisconsin School of Fine Arts, Milwaukee State Teachers College, under German-born artist Gustave Moeller, and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1924). Himmelfarb pursued further instruction in New York City, where he studied at the National Academy of Design (1926) and with Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League (1929).
Himmelfarb worked for several architecture firms in New York, but returned to the Midwest in the early 1930s and settled in Chicago with his wife, Eleanor, also a painter. After designing several exhibits for the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, he founded the industrial exhibition firm Three Dimensions. The company provided a steady income for Himmelfarb while he pursued a career as a fine artist.
From the 1920s through the 1950s, Himmelfarb exhibited his work widely, including group shows at the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Exhibitions in the early 1920s and 1938, the Arts Club of Chicago (1952–55), in the National Circulating Exhibit by the American Federation of Arts (1953),...