William Sommer is seen as a key person in bringing European modernism to Northeast Ohio. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and in his youth apprenticed for seven years to a lithographer.
For a brief period, Sommer studied at an art academy in Germany and then worked as a lithographer in New York before moving to Cleveland, where he was awarded a major contract with the Otis Lithography Company.
Signature: /s/ William Sommer 1941 l.r.
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