Frank von der Lancken: Artist and Educator
January 6th - February 24th 2001
Given the depth of von der Lancken's talent, training, and art-related activity, his relative lack of notoriety may be explained by his marked preference for teaching over selling, and for exhibiting as a means of instruction rather than self-promotion. While happy to exhibit his work, he seems not to have cared whether his paintings actually sold. He was never represented by a gallery, and apparently had no agent of any kind. In fact, the majority of von der Lancken's oeuvre remained in his possession until his death in 1950. Subsequently, it was carefully preserved by his children and grandchildren.

From the rich cache of works preserved by his descendants, and supplemented by the generous loan of works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and other institutions, Hirschl & Adler Galleries has selected 72 works, and is delighted to be able to present many of these in our exhibition, Frank von der Lancken, Artist and Educator.

Using the family archive as a starting point, the gallery has also engaged in the first extensive scholarship to date on the artist's life and work, following his progress from New York to Paris and back, and on to New Milford, Connecticut; Rochester, New York; Chautauqua, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The show is accompanied by a 48-page illustrated color catalogue with an essay on the artist's life and work, a selected chronology, and a catalogue checklist.

This exhibition highlights the many stylistic facets of von der Lancken's work, from his early, highly finished landscapes and portraits, to his graphic work around WWI, and his later impressionistic landscapes.

It also shows the artist's facility in a wide range of media, including oil, pencil, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, and even stained-glass; it shows his remarkable breadth of subject matter, from portraiture and figure painting, to landscape, still life, and design.