August 3, 2003 by

Harold Altman


Categories: Artists, Education

haltman.jpgHarold Altman, an artist whose portraits and still life lithographs were displayed all over the world, died on July 28. Cause of death was not released. He was 79.
Altman studied at the Cooper Union Art School and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Although he lived and worked in a 19th century frame church in central Pennsylvania, Altman spent at least four months a year doing etchings and paintings in France.
Altman’s work was featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. He had hundreds of one-man shows, and commissions of his artwork hang in the New York Hilton and the Galleria Prova in Tokyo.
Altman taught at Penn State University, and was the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

3 Responses to Harold Altman

  1. Mary Anne Rose

    I remember meeting Harold Altman with my husband, the artist Herbert Gentry (b. 1919, died Sept. 8, 2003_. They knew each other in Paris, Herb had also been a student at l’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere (about 1946-49). I remember they recognized each other at an art fair (perhaps about 1981) which was held at the New York Coleseum at Columbus circle and spoke a while. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

  2. ken

    I love his work and own many pieces. It’s hard to pass through a real park that looks lovely and not think, “It looks like an Altman”

  3. Zellestine Morris-Cartwright

    My mother was his housekeeper for many years during the late 60/70’s. I would sometimes go along to help her. Mr. Altman was a kind/witty man. He was a great artist and a good human being. It is sad to know he has passed on, but he will live on in his wonderful art work.

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