Carl Lewis Pappe
Signed on the front: Carl Pappe
Frame: 34 5/8 in x 45 5/16 in
Image: 23 3/4 in x 35 1/8 in
Carl Lewis Pappe was born in Hungary in 1900. By 1911, he had immigrated to Lorain, Ohio. While in his early teens, Carl Lewis Pappe was apprenticed to a Hungarian muralist working in Cleveland. From 1921 to 1925 he attended the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art). Awarded a scholarship by the Hungarian Society, he enrolled at the school of his choice, the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He studied under Hugh Breckenridge and Daniel Garber from 1925 to 1926. The Academy awarded him a full scholarship, but he was unable to complete his third year of studies due to medical problems.
In 1929 he worked in stage design for Paramount Studios in New York but was laid off due to the economic recession. "If I am going to die of hunger it won't be here", he said. Amidst the Depression, Carl Pappe worked crafting repairs to the gold leaf of the ceilings of theaters while refinishing furniture and sail boat decks in Philadelphia and Boston….
Carl Pappe was a fellow of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where his work has been shown. Several of his woodcut prints of Taxco street scenes are among the collections at the Library of Congress. An exhibit of his abstract pastels was held in 1994 by the Government of Guerrero as a commemorative to his fifty five years as an artist in Taxco. In 1995 over eighty of his abstracts were shown at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.