WILLIAM S. SCHWARTZ (1896–1977)
After Working Hours, 1927
Oil on canvas, 38 x 48 in.
Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): WILLIAM S. SCHWARTZ; (on the back): "AFTER WORKING HOURS" / BY / WILLIAM S. SCHWARTZ / CHICAGO / 1927
EXHIBITED: The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 1927, Fortieth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture, no. 190 // Des Moines Association of Fine Arts, Iowa, 1928, Annual American Show // Nebraska Art Association, University of Nebraska, Morrill Hall, Lincoln, 1928, Thirty-eighth Annual Exhibition of Nebraska Art Association and School of Fine Arts, no. 52 // Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri, 1928, Midwestern Artists' Annual // Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1984; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, 1985; and State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, 1986, The Paintings, Drawings, and Lithographs of William S. Schwartz (1896–1977), pp. 18 no. 14 illus. in color, 23 no. 14
EX COLL.: the artist, 1927–77; to estate of the artist, 1977–83; to sale, Phillips, New York, October 13, 1983, no. 89 illus.; to [Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York]; to private collection, 1990 until the present
William Schwartz emigrated from Smorgon, Russia to America in 1913. Most of his professional life was spent in Chicago, where he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and subsequently maintained a respected career. As a Chicago painter, Schwartz exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest during the 1920s and 1930s. Many of his earliest works, such as After Working Hours, combine nostalgic recollections of Russia with his involvment in opera and theatre design, experimentation with Cubism, and a bright, bold color palette.