Aloys Loeher

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Aloys Loeher
Born 1850
Paderborn, Germany
Died Silver Springs, New York
Nationality American
Known for Sculptor
Notable work(s) Siegfried Monument, New York; Fritz Reuter Monument, Chicago

Sculptor Aloys Loeher (1850–1904) was an American sculptor. He created a signature piece which was exhibited at the 1893 Columbian Exposition (the 1893 Chicago World's Fair). Among his other works are the Siegfried Monument in New York, the Fritz Reuter Monument in Chicago, and a number of medals and busts.[1]

Life[edit]

He was born in Paderborn, Germany. He emigrated to the U.S., settling first in New York in 1883 and then Milwaukee in 1889.[2]

While living in New York 1883-1889, Loeher was referenced several times in the New York Herald. The first, in 1883, refers to "Alois Loher, a Bavarian, a recent addition" in a piece about "Art and Artists on the Future of American Sculpture." In 1886, an article appeared in the New York Herald about the Statue of Germania, "a work just completed in the clay by Alois Loeher".[3]

In 1889, Loeher moved to Wisconsin and became a resident of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. His address in Milwaukee was listed as Plankinton House, a boarding house located on Grand Avenue, a well-to-do residential area populated with mansions and wealthy homes. As an indication of his place in society, he was listed in the 1890-91 Directory of Milwaukee Elite.[4][5]

In Milwaukee Loeher's reputation grew as a sculptor and artist. In 1890, the Milwaukee Sentinel reported that Loeher completed a life-sized medallion portrait of Eugen D'Albert, a German composer and pianist who was visiting the city. Loeher also worked in bronze, doing portraits of local notables. Two examples of his work can be found at the University School of Milwaukee, which has two large busts created by Loeher - a bust of Guido Pfister and one of Peter Engelmann. Both men were founders/benefactors of the School. In 1893 Loehr was invited to exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair (also known as the 1893 Columbian Exposition). He created a large decorative shield, three feet in diameter, filled with small bas-relief figures of American historical significance.[6] The shield was placed in the fine arts building at the Columbian Exposition, next to Frank E. Elwell's sculpture of Dickens and Little Nell. The shield's location today, if it exists at all, is unknown to Smithsonian collectors and curators.[7]

Aloys Loeher died in an accident in June 1904 in Silver Springs NY. He was 54 years old.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Museum of Wisconsin Art Online (MOWA Online)
  2. ^ Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Volume 8 (Grund 2006), p. 1168.
  3. ^ New York Herald, 27 June 1886, 13:3 'A Statue of Germania'.
  4. ^ 1890-91 Directory of Milwaukee Elite
  5. ^ Elizabeth Plankinton House, Milwaukee Wisconsin
  6. ^ German-American Artists in Early Milwaukee: A Biographical Dictionary, by Peter C. Merrill (1997 Madison, WI) ISBN 0-924119-01-2.
  7. ^ Letter dated July 8, 1991 from Shelley Mead, Painting and Sculpture Research Assistant at the Natl Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution), addressed to Professor Frederick I. Olsen of The University of Wisconsin.
  • Stanley Waterloo, Story the Shield (a detailed account of the figures on Loeher's sculpture and their significance).