|THE SOLOMON LERNER PROJECT
The Mechner Foundation is attempting to bring the work of the painter
Solomon Lerner (ca. 1890-1963) to the world's attention.
Considered by some who are familiar with his work to be one of the
great post-impressionists, Lerner achieved only limited recognition,
his career having been disrupted by World War II and his paintings
The Foundation's first goal is to locate as many of his paintings as
possible and display digital photos of them on this website. It
is estimated that Lerner produced between one and two thousand
paintings, but at the present time -- 2010 -- the Foundation knows the
location of only about fifty of these. The rest are scattered
throughout the world, mostly in Israel, the United States, Cuba,
France, and possibly Romania. The Foundation has black-and-white
photos of 58 of them, and color photos of an additional dozen.
Once a painting has been located, the Foundation will seek to arrange
for it to be photographed professionally. The long-term goal is
to make the art world aware of Lerner's work
The Search for Lerner
The Foundation has undertaken a worldwide search for Lerner's
paintings. This search has involved the efforts of many
people. The Foundation is currently soliciting assistance in that
search, and anyone interested should contact the Foundation.
It is also likely that there are many individuals who have relevant
information as a result of having known friends or family members of
Lerner's, or owners of his paintings. Such individuals would be
able to assist in the search by supplying leads and information that
might be helpful.
The Survival of Art
The survival of great art, whether painting, music, or other, may be
the exception more than the rule. Rembrandt was "discovered"
hundreds of years after his death, by a Russian; Van Gogh's work
achieved recognition after his death due only to decades of intense
promotional efforts by his brother Theo's widow; Franz Schubert's music
survived because Robert Schumann happened to discover a treasure trove
of the recently deceased Schubert's manuscripts in an old trunk at
Schubert's brother's house; and Johann Sebastian Bach was gradually
redisovered many decades after his death, due entirely to the efforts
of a few cognoscenti. The history of art and music is replete
with additional examples.
Given that the survival of great art so often depends on extraordinary
efforts of single individuals and fortuitous circumstances, it is
likely that the works of a much larger number of geniuses have been
lost and forgotten. At the present time, Lerner's work is well on
the way to that fate. The Mechner Foundation recognizes Solomon
Lerner's genius as a painter and is dedicated to salvaging his work for
Lerner's Life, Art and
For more information about Solomon Lerner, please click here.