William Auerbach-Levy

American , 1889 - 1964

Born in Brest-Litovsk in Russia, Auerbach-Levy was brought to America as a young child. He grew up in New York where he began his artistic education at the National Academy of Design, alongside Norman Rockwell. He continued his studies in Paris at the Academie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens.

When he returned to New York, Auerbach-Levy became highly successful as a genre and portrait painter. He was also a fine printmaker and many other well-known artists studied etching and printmaking under his tutelage. Auerbach-Levy later became one of America’s most renowned caricaturists, capturing many prominent artists, musicians and literary giants of the early 20th Century, including George S. Kaufman, Noel Coward, Eugene O’Neill and George Gershwin, among others.

Auerbach-Levy was also the author of several books on the art of caricature. In 1932 he produced an etching of George Washington’s courtship for the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission.

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