Armin Landeck (1905-1984)
Where: Great Hill Road
Landeck, was born in Wisconsin. He studied at the University of Michigan and then Columbia University. While studying architecture at Columbia, Landeck took life drawing classes at the Art Students’ League. After finishing school, Landeck traveled through Europe for a year and a half. Upon returning to the United States, Landeck had trouble finding work, so he moved to Cornwall. In 1931 upon accepting a teaching position at the Brearley School in Manhattan, Landeck bought his home on Great Hill Road.
On Great Hill Road the Landeck home had no electricity. Candles were the light source, and the refrigerator ran on propane. In the winter Landeck would walk through the woods to the Tyson family farm on College Street to get milk. He is remembered as having told wonderful stories while waiting for the cows to be milked.
Landeck taught at the Brearley School until his retirement in 1958. During that time he also started a school for printmakers with George Miller in 1934. The school was only for open a year, due to the economy, and closed in 1935. He also worked for Atelier 17 after meeting Stanley William Hayter in the 1940s.
Landeck’s work has been exhibited in many places and he was a member of the Society of American Etchers and the Society of American Graphic Artists. Landeck was an Academician in the National Academy of Design, and a member of the Institute of Arts and Letters and the Institute of the American Academy. Landeck lived in Cornwall at least part time from 1930 until his death in 1984.
Image courtesy of Phyllis Nauts