Meyer Wolfe

American , 1897 - 1985

Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1897, Meyer Wolfe grew up in Nashville. He studied in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Arts and in New York at the Art Students League under John Sloan. Wolfe worked as a newspaper illustrator in New York and in 1926 he went to Paris to train under Pierre Lauren at the Academie Julian.

Despite his European training, Wolfe often returned to his native roots in his art, as in “Red Eye’s Hall”, his 1934 portrayal of African Americans in a Nashville dance hall.

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