Radautz, Austria-Hungary 1883
Chicago, Illinois 1971
Courtesy Emil Armin Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Luce Artist Quote
“You see it’s like this . . . A man must produce what is in him . . . I tried to say what was in me.” Emil Armin, 1929, quoted in McKenna, Emil Armin, 1883-1971, 1980
Born in Romania. Immigrated to the United States at age twenty-two. Painter known for his use of vibrant color and brushwork.
Nora Panzer, ed. Celebrate America in Poetry and Art (New York and Washington, D.C.: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1994)
Luce Artist Biography
Emil Armin showed a talent for art as a child in Austria. His parents died when he was ten, and Armin was forced to work odd jobs to support the family. He waited tables and sketched in his spare time until a brother encouraged Armin to join him in Chicago. Armin enrolled in courses at the Art Institute, where George Bellows and Randall Davey encouraged him to paint spontaneously and expressively. By the early 1920s, he was a star on the Chicago art scene, participating in various exhibitions and progressive art organizations and working with the Jewish Board of Education to teach art in the schools. (McKenna, Emil Armin, 1883-1971, 1980)