Someone who cared passionately about his work, Emile Lahner seems to have remained conspiciously unaffected by the masterpiece syndrome that has driven many important artists throughout the history of art. Rather than perform for an intended audience, Lahner painted for his own pleasure, showing his work only through representatives and only to audiences that he considered his friends. His exhibitions in Europe, the United States and South America were widely acclaimed at the time; but Lahner seemed totally indifferent to the acclaim.

"I can not say," he once observed of his painting, "that there is one work that stands out from the rest. All my works are part of a vast whole, a generalization, if you like, of the dialogue I pursue with nature, using form, line and color as my instruments. To create every day without withdrawing from nature."

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