Richard Aberle Florsheim (1916-79)
Lithograph printed in color, Edition 100, 1971, 14” x 18 ¾”
Gift of Sylvan Cole (1918-2005)
Richard Aberle Florsheim (1916-79) was born into a wealthy family on October 25, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Chicago Latin School and the University of Chicago, and he studied in New York with Aaron Bohrod. His father subsidized his independent studies in France, Italy, central Europe, and the Near East, and he exhibited his work in France with the Salon des Refusés in the late 1930s. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater during World War II as a cartographer, and obtained patents for his radar plane-spotting technique. After the war, he resumed his artistic career as a printmaker and lithographer, and his work was exhibited by Associated American Artists and many other galleries.