Louis Lozowick

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Louis Lozowick 1892-1973

A leading artist of the American Scene School, Louis Lozowick was born in 1892 in Ludvinovkak, Ukraine, and received his first formal artistic instruction at the Kiev Art School.He immigrated to this country in 1906 at the age of 14 and settled in Newark, New Jersey.He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio State University.He served with the United States Army during World War I and following his discharge in 1919, Lozowick traveled and lived throughout Europe, spending time in France, Germany, Italy, and Russia.During this period he worked seriously and developed the artistic themes which dominated his work throughout his career, namely, the depiction of the urban, industrial American landscape.Settling in Berlin in the early 1920's, Lozowick quickly became a part of an international community of artisits and established his own artistic reputation.His colleagues included Leger, El Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, and Malevich.The ideas of Cubism, Futurism, and particularly Russian Avante-Garde greatly contributed to his strong geometric compositional style.

In 1924 Lozowick returned to New York and exhibited his work during the 1920's and 30's including a one-man show at J.B. Newman's New Art Circle.He broadened his work to include political and social themes which also extended to his life.He created set designs for the Goodman Theater in Chicago, became a member of the executive board of "New Masses," taught lithography at the John Reed Club, and worked on various projects for the WPA.An avid traveler throughout his life, his art often chronicled his journeys, as well as his growing interest in his Jewish roots in his later years.

A master of the lithographic process, Lozowick's first prints date from 1923. His work displays an extraordinary technical command, particularly his ability to render the contrast of texture, light, and shadow.It was this mastery that won him numerous awards and competitions.