Ernest Emil Lanz
Ernest Emil Lanz (also known as Emilio Lanzi) was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1884 and was known as a painter, lecturer, writer and teacher. Lanz studied at the Swiss Art Academy of Bern, at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Colorossi, and Academie Julienne of Paris, France. Lanz took a course in portraiture at the Academy at Munich, Germany, and two years of anatomy at the Sorbonne University of Paris. He studied with Robert Fleury, Plinio Colombi and Christopher Baumgartner. Lanz exhibited extensively in Europe and America. By 1931 Lanz had settled in Los Angeles where he taught at the Keszthelyi Art Academy. He was the President-Founder of the Atheneum of Philosophy, Science and Art, and a member of the American Artists Professional League, Bohemian Club, Professional Artists Guild, California Art Club, Fellow of the Institute of Arts and Letters, and others. Ernest and his wife maintained a studio in Los Angeles, California.