Howard Leigh (1896-1981)

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Howard Leigh was born in Kentucky and raised in Indiana studying at Earlham College under John Albert Seaford. A brief study of medicine gave way to his continued art training in Paris at the École de Beaux Arts. While in Paris, Leigh chronicled the destruction of the Great War. These works were widely exhibited throughout Europe before he returned to America in 1921, settling in Chicago. In the early 1930s he returned to Earlham teaching and developing their esteemed print collection. In 1938, he moved to Mitla, Mexico where he lived and worked the remainder of his career. Today his works are in collections such as the Musée de la Guerre in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institution.


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