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Ben Stahl

Study for the Green Lamp, Charcoal, 10" x 8" ©


“I want my paintings to excite the senses. I was never one for fine detail. I always try to get to the guts of a painting — to line and form. To me, Art is a search for vital arrangements of line and form that trigger an emotional response.”

Painter, author, illustrator, and lecturer, Ben Stahl (1910-1987) won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago at age 12. At 16, Stahl had work accepted for the International Watercolor Show at the Art Institute. Stahl won more than 25 medals including the Saltus Gold Medal, illustrated more than 750 stories for the Saturday Evening Post, and illustrated and/or wrote several books. His first book Blackbeard’s Ghost was published in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. In 1969, Disney adapted Blackbeard’s Ghost for film. Stahl taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, American Academy of Art, New York Art Students’ League, Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, as well as numerous universities. In 1976, Stahl was featured in the television program “Journey into Art with Ben Stahl,” 26 half-hour programs consisting of lectures and painting demonstrations by the artist.
Stahl has been the subject of or illustrated numerous articles in the Saturday Evening Post, Women’s Home Companion, Cosmopolitan, American Artist, North Light, Esquire, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, England’s Picture Post, and Southwest Art. A partial list of resources is given in the artist bibliography available on this site. Your local library can assist you with copies of these articles and additional information about Ben Stahl.








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