Following World War II, Milt Lauenstein studied painting at the Boston Museum School. Like a number of other American artists, he then pursued his education in Europe in the late '40s. He attended several leading art schools, including the famous Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Artes in Paris. He also studied privately with Lucien Fontanarosa.
After returning to the U.S., Milt Lauenstein married, had a family, and pursued a career in business management. Beginning in 1976, however, he has been able to re-dedicate himself to his training as an artist, attending Massachusetts College of Art and Montserrat College of Art, as well as many painting workshops. For over twenty years, he painted with prominent Gloucester artist, Zygmund Jankowski. He was a frequent Resident, as well as a Trustee, of the Vermont Studio Center. Mr. Lauenstein also served on the Collections Committee of the Cape Ann Museum.
Exhibited in a number of solo, duo, and group shows, Mr. Lauenstein’s paintings have earned several awards. Galleries showing his works have ranged from Gloucester to Boston’s Newbury Street to New York City, half a dozen other states, and as far away as Australia. The De Cordova Museum selected Mr. Lauenstein as one of the regional artists for its Corporate Loan Program. His work is represented in many private and corporate collections, including those of RJR Nabisco and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
Over the years, Mr. Lauenstein has worked in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, gouache and watercolor. In recent years, however, he has confined his work to watercolors, painting mostly landscapes and seascapes on the spot, not only in Gloucester, but also extensively in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Sicily, Italy, France, and other countries. Mr. Lauenstein seeks to accentuate striking combinations of shapes, color and texture, in part by eliminating non-essential elements. Critics characterize his work as honest and straightforward, and as exhibiting an unusual sense of place.
Following is a small sampling of Milt's recent watercolor paintings