biography of Lewis E. YORK (XX)

Profession: Abstract painter

Comments: When Daniel V. Thompson rediscovered the art of egg tempera painting at the Courtauld Institute, and revived the medium with his book, The Practice of Tempera Painting (1936), his disciple, Lewis York, produced the step-by-step illustrations for the book. York went on to teach the technique to Reginald Marsh, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and George Tooker. York taught at the Mattatuck School of Art during the 1920s, then taught at the Yale School of Fine Art in the 1930s, later becoming the head of its Fine Arts Dept. At Yale, he conducted extensive experiments with color field relationships, using squares within squares to teach his students. His eventual successor at Yale, Josef Albers, observed York"s experiments and soon thereafter developed his famous "Hommage to the Square" series.

Sources: PHF files, interviews with Andrew Petryn, 1990s (a York student)