February 14, 1889 - June 29, 1964
William Auerbach-Levy was an American artist known for his paintings, etchings, but most of all - for his caricatures, created in a very distinct and even unique style.
William Auerbach-Levy - academic caricaturist
Auerbach-Levy was born in an Orthodox Jewish family in Brest-Litovsk (then – Russian Empire, now – Brest, Belarus). His family immigrated in the United States in 1894, with one of the first waves of Jewish immigration from the Russian Empire.
He studied art in New York City and then in Paris, and subsequently taught at the Educational Alliance Art School and the National Academy of Design.
He was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member in 1926, and became a full member in 1958. And in 1928 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Auerbach-Levy produced hundreds of distinguished works for some of the largest publications in America, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and American Heritage, making himself famous for his minimalistic style and his caricatures of many celebrities of the time. He also authored several books on the art of caricature.
He married Florence Von Wien, who collaborated with him on one of his books and supported him in his work until her very death in 1957...
Auerbach-Levy died at the age of 75 in Ossining, New York. Now his works are stored or exhibited in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Luther College.
William Auerbach-Levy, Artist and Neighborhood Preservationist from the Museum of the City of New York Collections blog