Sheehan Gallery hosts works of Emile Lahner

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John Peterson is shown at home with art by Emile Lahner.

An opening reception for a collection of Emile Lahner's art will be Oct. 23 at Whitman College's Sheehan Gallery.

At 5:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 130, there will be a question-and-answer session with the collector, John Peterson, hosted by Whitman College art history/visual culture studies faculty member Matt Reynolds.

John and Janet Peterson (Whitman Class of 1954) purchased their first small floral by Emile Lahner in 1964. Since then, they have amassed an extensive collection of Lahner's works.

Lahner was born in 1893 in Hungary. In the aftermath of World War I, Lahner fled his native country and eventually settled in France, where he spent the rest of his life. Lahner continued to exhibit his work until he died in 1980.

He was known for his vast range of stylistic expressions and his subjects varied from figurative, landscape, and still-life studies to works of pure abstraction.

Through Lahner's pieces one can trace the history of the artistic movements occurring in Europe over the course of his lifetime.

The Sheehan Gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact Dawn Forbes, director of the Sheehan Gallery, at 527-5249 or Kynde Kiefel, collections and exhibitions manager for the Sheehan Gallery, at 527-5992.

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