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Jacob Landau
American
(1917 – 2001)

Printmaker, painter, humanist, and teacher Jacob Landau was born in Philadelphia. His art explored essential themes—human existence and morality—with insight, passion and, sometimes, indignance. Landau attended Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts); The New School for Social Research, New York City; and Académie Julian and Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris. Landau's work, including ten monumental stained-glass windows he created for Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, earned him an impressive reputation. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York City; and Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. Landau received numerous awards and grants from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Tamarind Institute and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe, Mexico, South America, and throughout the United States in more than 30 solo and 200 regional and national group shows. Landau taught at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and later served as a professor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, for 20 years. In 1974 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an associate member and became a full National Academician in 1979. Landau lived and practiced his art in Roosevelt, New Jersey. —From Brandywine Workshop Archives records


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