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ELMER WACHTEL (1864-1929) - Artists - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara's Finest Art Gallery

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23 x 35 inches | oil on canvas

On January 21, 1864, Elmer Wachtel was born in Baltimore, MD. He moved to San Gabriel, CA at the age of 18. In 1888, he became first violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Wachtel decided to further his talents by studying for a year at the Art Students League in New York City under artist William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) and also at the Lambeth School in London. In 1904, he wed fellow artist Marion Wachtel (1870-1954). The couple later settled in a home in the Arroyo Seco of Pasadena. While on a sketching trip in Guadalajara, Elmer Wachtel died suddenly on August 31, 1929. Today, he is remembered as “one of Southern California’s most important painters.”


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1902, 1906 Awards, San Francisco Art Institute

Los Angeles Art Association
Ten Painters of California



Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, AZ
Irvine Museum, CA
Laguna Museum of Art, CA
Orange County Museum of Art



1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 3429.
2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 1151.


1930 Kanst Gallery

1918 California Liberty Fair

1915, 1918 Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1915 Battey Gallery, Los Angeles

1907-09 Blanchard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1907-09 Del Monte Art Gallery, Monterey

1907 Piedmont Art Gallery

1906-07 Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1902, 1906 San Francisco Art Institute

1894 California Midwinter International Exposition

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