Emilio Lanzi “Dream & Reality” Oil on Board P1140 SOLD

This is a fantastic image, too suggestive of reality to be filed away as abstract, too mysterious upon examination to be considered figurative. One may gaze, because one must, and one may imagine, in the way one imagines an evanescent imagery in clouds, for example. But there is a feel that almost allows one to pin it down, industrial, yet visionary, of the twenties and thirties, of smoke and fire, of sunlight and haze, of solidity and mirage. Extraordinary, in short.

22″ x 36″, 27″ x 41 1/4″ framed.


Emilio Lanzi 1884-1965

Emilio Lanzi is also known as Ernest Emil Lanz. He was an internationally known painter, lecturer, writer and teacher. Born in Bern, Switzerland, he studied at the Swiss Art Academy of Bern, at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Colorossi, and Academie Julian of Paris, France.  Lanzi took a course in portraiture at the Academy at Munich, Germany, and two years of anatomy at the Sorbonne University of Paris. He studied with the greatest artist-teachers of the day, Robert Fleury, Plinio Colombi, Christopher Baumgartner, etc, and exhibited extensively in Europe and America. His work is represented in many private collections and galleries, and includes portraits and landscapes.

He taught at the Keszthelyi Academy of Fine Arts and held many positions of  responsibility at clubs and societies in the U.S. and abroad.  He was the President-Founder of the Atheneum of Philosophy, Science and Art, and a member of the AAPL, the Bohemian Club, Prof. Artists Guild, California Art Club, F.I.A.L., St. Martin, Hermetic Lodge, Gnostic Sc., Phoenix, Es. Phil., Masonic Lodge, and others.

He is well known for his California and Arizona Desert scenes, marines, still lives, portraits, large group compositions, and mythological and religious subject series. He received many medals, prizes and awards. He exhibited at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in 1954.

Emilio and his wife, Theresa Lanzi, maintained a studio in Los Angeles, California.