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Male, Romania/US, born 07/24/1883, died 11/11/1940

Professional History

Founder, Chicago Industrial Art School, Chicago, IL, c. 1920; Director, Dayton Art Museum, Dayton, OH, c. 1921-1923; Director, Creative Art Students League, Los Angeles, CA, 1923-; in Los Angeles, he worked as an artist and color consultant who assisted in the design of some of the city's most important landmarks, including Los Angeles City Hall #3 and Union Station; a particularly notable Sachs mural,'Spirit of Transportation,'was on the soffit of the Bullock-Wilshire Building's porte cochere;


He received his initial art instruction from his father, who served as a court painter for Queen Elisabeth of Romania. He gained further training in Germany.


Sachs was born in Romania, moved to the U.S. at age 17, and returned to Europe to attend art school. (U.S. Government records indicated that he came to the U.S. in either 09/1900 or 09/1902. He appears to have been naturalized in Chicago, IL, on either 10/03/1909 or 10/09/1909.) In 1909, Sachs lived at 1024 Lytle Street, Chicago. A 1915 application for a U.S. Passport stated that Sachs had come to the U.S. aboard the S.S. Savoie from Le Havre, France, about 09/01/1902. This passport form indicated that he lived in the U.S. continuously from 1902-1913. He left to study art in Munich Germany, first sailing to Liverpool, Scotland in 02/1913 and arriving the following month. He intended to study in Munich for 2 years and return to Chicago. Another U.S. Passport application dated 09/23/1916 noted that, since 03/1915, he had remained in Germany for all but two weeks of his trip, which were spent in Romania. In 1916, he intended to return the following year. (Sachs made both of these passport requests at the American Consulate in Munich.) He actually came back to the U.S. just after World War I, first working in Chicago, IL,and, later, Dayton, OH. He headed to Los Angeles, CA, in 1923, to direct an art school.

His father was a Romanian-Jewish painter,

Most government records have his birth date as being 07/24/1883. Sachs's U.S. naturalization record, however, indicated that he had been born in 06/24/1883. A 10/13/1916 U.S. Passport Application noted that his birth on 07/24/1883, occurred in "Glodurell" Roumania, not Bucharest. Between World War I and II, Sachs worked as the American agent of the German Expressionist artist, George Grosz (1893-1959). After 1923, Sachs joined a group of European intellectuals congregating in Los Angeles. This German-speaking group included the architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, the writer Thomas Mann, the Frankfurt School philosophers, as well as the painter/art dealer, Galka Scheyer. All of these expatriates were united in their hatred of fascism. Sachs worked with architect Schindler on his residence, the Manola Apartments (1926-1928). At age 34, Sachs was 5 feet 7 inches tall, with gray hair, hazel eyes and a dark complexion.

Associated Locations

  • Bucharest, Romania (Architect's Birth)
    Bucharest, Romania

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PCAD id: 705