Born in Krasnagorka, Lithuania on June 4, 1892. Deutsch began drawing at age five and remained a self-taught artist except for brief intervals at the Bloom Academy of Art in Riga, Latvia and the Kunstgewerbe Schule in Berlin. He immigrated to Seattle, WA in 1916 and in 1919 settled in Los Angeles. He soon was supporting himself with commercial art and set designs for movies. During the late 1930s he did murals for the WPA including Hot Springs (NM) Post Office, Reedley (CA) Post Office, and 11 murals in the Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office. A modernist, he specialized in Jewish genre and figures; during the last decade of his life he experimented with monotypes and other printmaking. Deutsch died in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 1978.
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Oil on board, 1936
14-1/2 x 17-3/4 inches
Gift of Jerrold Canter in memory of Ruth Gribin