Joseph Mortimer Lichtenauer, Jr.
(American, 1876-1966 )
Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left corner “Lichtenauer 1904.”
Painting: 28” x 40”
Born in New York City, Joseph Mortimer Lichtenauer studied at the Art Students League with Mowbray before moving to Paris where he entered the Académie Julian. There he studied under Merson and Laurens. Additional years of travel and study in Florence, Italy no doubt influenced his tastes, evidenced by this idyllic painting of classicized female figures romping in a sunny field. The image is reminiscent of the fanciful landscapes of Romantic painter, Puvis de Chevannes.
A muralist as well, Lichtenauer painted the ceiling of the Shubert Theater in New York City and created murals for the Adelphi Theater. His work has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Lichtenauer was also a member of the Salmagundi Club and the American Federation of the Arts.
Lichtenauer is listed inWho Was Who in American Art
(Falk, 1999) and the Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs (Bénézit, 1998)