Louis Loeb (November 7, 1866–July 12, 1909) was a Jewish illustrator in the United States. In his time, he was one of the best known in his field. He was also a draftsman, a painter, and a lithographer.
Born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to Alexander Loeb, a dry goods merchant, Louis Loeb worked at a Cleveland lithography firm from age 14 onwards, later taking evening classes in sketching at the Cleveland Art Club. In 1885, he worked at a lithography firm in New York City, with his evenings spent at the Art Students League.
In 1889 he went to Paris to study, under Lefebvre, Constant, and Gérôme, giving up lithography. After three years he returned to New York, where in 1893 he started work for The Century Magazine as an illustrator. For the next few years, up until 1900, he was to travel to and from Europe, both for study and in the course of his work for The Century. During the remainder of his life, he stayed in the U.S., dying in Canterbury, New Hampshire.
He won an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1895, and a third medal in 1897. In 1903 his exhibition of oils at the new rooms of the Cooperative Society in New York aroused interest in his later work. He was awarded two silver medals at the Saint Louis Exposition 1904. His best-known works are:
- ‘Temple of the Winds’ (1898), in the Metropolitan Museum, New York
- ‘The Breeze’ (1900)
- ‘The Dawn’ (1903)
- ‘The Siren’ (1905)
- ‘Eleanor Robson,’ a portrait (1905)
- ‘Miranda’ (1906), in the Metropolitan Museum, New York
- ‘The Summit’ (1907)
- ‘Princess Zomona’ (1908)
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- Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, Brian L. Meggitt, and Jeffrey Weidman (2000). "Louis Loeb". Artists in Ohio, 1787–1900: a biographical dictionary (3rd ed.). Kent State University Press. pp. 534–535. ISBN 978-0-87338-616-6.
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- Lloyd P. Gartner (1987). History of the Jews of Cleveland. Regional History Series of the American Jewish History Center of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America 4 (2nd ed.). Western Reserve Historical Society in cooperation with the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-911704-38-9.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Loeb, Louis". Encyclopedia Americana.
- David Bernard Dearinger (2004). "Louis Loeb". Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826–1925. Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design 1. Hudson Hills. pp. 361–362. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.
- Isaac Landman (1942). "Louis Loeb". The Universal Jewish encyclopedia 7. The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, inc. pp. 156 et seq.
- G. (November 1909). "Louis Loeb, Illustrator and Painter". The Century Magazine (79): 74–75.
- Retrospective exhibition of paintings by Louis Loeb, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF)
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