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Chester Leich


Chester Leich was born January 31, 1889 in Evansville, Indiana. He spent much of his youth in Europe where he received most of his general education. He studied art in Europe from 1910 to 1915. He began his art studies in Florence working for a time with Giovanni Giacometti, a leading Swiss painter and father of Alberto Giacometti, the sculptor. Leich reports that his principal teacher in Europe was Arthur Siebelist in Humburg. Leich studied graphic art technique with Wilhelm Oesterle in Berlin, who was a pupil of Lovis Corinth, "but seems to have been influenced more, in some of his work, by Kaethe Kollwitz." He eventually settled in Washinton D.C., USA.

His print "Landing at Ulvik" was selected for "Fine Prints of the Year", 1930, and again in 1932, with "Village Street, Benford."
"Fine Prints of the Year," an annual book publication produced between 1923 and 1938. It discussed the etching, engravings, woodcuts and lithographs produced by major artists in each given year.