Walter Erlebacher

Nationality
American, born Germany
Life Dates
1933-1991

Erlebacher was born in Germany, leaving Frankfurt in 1940 and coming to New York. In 1951, he enrolled at Pratt Institute where he developed his interest in sculpture, making abstract pieces with soldered metal. In 1966, he moved to Philadelphia, where he taught at Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts.

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  • In the early 60's I was a student of Walter Erlebacher . . . His teachings were invaluable to me. He taught 'monumentality' . He taught 'great art' , He taught 'Interior Vision., He taught Michelangelo. Bellini, & Rodain. He taught be true to your vision of yourself as an universal artist . . . speaking to the entire world.

    DONALD MACKINNON
  • In the early 1980's, I studied Anatomy with Walter. lt was an intimate, lecture-and-do format, with a live model. There were only eight students. He had his own ideas about how Anatomy should be taught, and he devised the course accordingly--like our own School of Athens. We were all spellbound to the discipline he conveyed to us. Just today, all these years later, I came across the two-semesters of diagrams and notes from that course. It is still comprehensible and valuable to me.

    Thomas Hayes
  • In the early 1980's, I studied Anatomy with Walter. lt was an intimate, lecture-and-do format, with a live model. There were only eight students. He had his own ideas about how Anatomy should be taught, and he devised the course accordingly--like our own School of Athens. We were all spellbound to the discipline he conveyed to us. Just today, all these years later, I came across the two-semesters of diagrams and notes from that course. It is still comprehensible and valuable to me.

    Thomas Hayes
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