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ELMER WACHTEL

(1864-1929)

PAINTER, ILLUSTRATOR & ART EDUCATOR

By Danielle Peltakian

On January 21, 1864, Elmer Wachtel was born in Baltimore, MD. He moved to San Gabriel, CA at the age of 18. In 1888, he became first violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Wachtel decided to further his talents by studying for a year at the Art Students League in New York City under artist William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) and also at the Lambeth School in London. In 1904, he wed fellow artist Marion Wachtel (1870-1954). The couple later settled in a home in the Arroyo Seco of Pasadena. While on a sketching trip in Guadalajara, Elmer Wachtel died suddenly on August 31, 1929. Today, he is remembered as “one of Southern California’s most important painters.”




Exhibitions

  • 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition
  • 1902, 1906 San Francisco Art Institute
  • 1906-07 Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 1907 Piedmont Art Gallery
  • 1907-09 Del Monte Art Gallery, Monterey
  • 1907-09 Blanchard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1915 Battey Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1915, 1918 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 1918 California Liberty Fair
  • 1930 Kanst Gallery
  • Collections

  • Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Irvine Museum, CA
  • Laguna Museum of Art, CA
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Awards

  • 1902, 1906 Awards, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Memberships

  • Los Angeles Art Association
  • Ten Painters of California
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 3429.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 1151.

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