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.”
AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
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
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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