Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Art teachers' careers extend from France to N.M.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

* Early partnership continued after pair moved to Albuquerque

The story of the lives and times of Albuquerque artists and teachers Siegfried Hahn and Howard Wexler is a heroic artistic saga that sounds more like an intriguing novel than reality.

The two forged an early teaching partnership in France into an Albuquerque studio school with an emphasis on the Jacques Maroger painting technique and Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran's academic drawing methods.

Maroger (1885-1962) was an artist, scientist and researcher who relentlessly pursued the lost formulas of the medium used by Rubens, Rembrandt and Velasquez.

Maroger was invited to the United States in 1939 as a paintings conservator. He settled in Baltimore, where he continued his 42-year quest for the illusive formulas of the High Renaissance masters. …

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