Colorado & Regional Art

University of Denver Stadium

University of Denver Stadium


Lester E. Varian (1881–1967, American)


12 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches

Lester E. Varian was born in Denver on October 20, 1881, the son of noted local architect, Ernest Phillip Varian. Following graduation from Denver's West High School, Varian studied at the Pratt Institute of Architecture and Barber's Beaux-Arts Atelier in New York City and subsequently apprenticed under the famous architect, Chifflot, in Paris. Returning to Denver, Lester formed the architectural firm of Varian and Varian with his father in 1910. He became equally known for his etchings and lithographs of Colorado cities and towns and the landscapes surrounding them. His prints gained acclaim and were exhibited at the Denver Art Museum and acquired by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. Many of Varian’s etchings and lithographs were created in conjunction with the 1930s Federal Art Project. He also taught etching at the University of Denver from 1935 to 1942.

Not currently on view

Signed "Lester E. Varian" lower right corner

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Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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