Albert Laessle

1877 - 1954
Origin: United States
Born: March 28, 1877, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: September 4, 1954, Miami, Florida

The second son of hard-working immigrants from Wurttemberg, Germany, Albert Laessle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877. Upon finishing his public school education, Laessle decided that he wanted to pursue art as a career, though his parents did not approve. Luckily, his older brother Henry encouraged his talents, financially supporting Laessle so he could study at the Spring Garden Institute in 1894. He went on to attend the Drexel Institute (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia and later studied under Thomas Anshutz and Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy. Laessle received the Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy and spent three years in Paris, working with Michel Beguine. In preparation for his trip, Laessle studied anatomy, life drawing, and still-life painting, and also modeled portrait heads. In 1907, he returned to Philadelphia and worked in Grafly's studio. From 1920 until 1939, Laessle was an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy.

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Frog and Katydid
1908, Bronze
Albert Laessle
United States, 1877 - 1954
1918, Bronze
Albert Laessle
United States, 1877 - 1954