Myron Lechay 1898–1972
Known for his delicate colorism and graceful abstract designs, Myron Lechay created landscapes and city views that have been compared to Stuart Davis's work of the 1920s and Milton Avery's art of the 1940s. After immigrating to the United States from Russia with his family in 1906, he attended public schools. He received his initial art instruction at the National Academy of Design.
Lechay's first recognition was when the art and antiques dealer, F.W. Lawlor observed him copying works by the Old Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lawlor began to purchase works by Lechay on a regular basis, allowing the artist to support himself from his art. By the 1920s, Lechay was participating in the New York avant-garde art scene. Lechay showed regularly at Valentine Dudensing’s Valentine Gallery. He became acquainted with leading American modernists such as Stuart Davis and became a member of the Société Anonyme, where he became familiar with the art of American modernists as well as progressive European artists including Dadaists, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia.
Lechay's summer sketching forays took him not only to Gloucester, but also to Marblehead, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and to Kennebunkport, Maine. He also spent several years living and working in New Orleans. Lechay maintained a studio in New York City from the 1930s until his death in 1972. He exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work is represented in the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York; the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; the Sheldon Art Gallery; the Davenport Art Museum, Iowa and in many other public and private collections.