Samuel Thal (1903-1964)

Samuel Thal (1903-1964)

Born in New York City to Russian immigrants in 1903, Samuel Thal began his artistic studies at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Beaux Arts Academy before moving with his family to Boston around 1923 where he enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Thal would remain in Boston for the rest of his career, joining the Boston Architectural Club and exhibiting his work annually at Doll & Richards Gallery. He later taught life drawing at Garland Junior College in Boston and during the 1930s became involved with the Federal Art Project developing educational curricula while also creating artwork for the program. Thal was an accomplished etcher as well and was awarded prizes during exhibits with the Society of American Etchers in the early 1940s. 

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Thal married Jeannette Eyre, a Russian scholar, in 1939 and resided at 354 Marlborough Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood until his passing in 1964.  Today his paintings and etchings can be found in several museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999.

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