A young Anton Schütz, German Army Engineer in the first world war, loved to draw buildings. With training in both art and architectural engineering, he was fascinated by the castles of Europe. During the first world war, he served in Flanders and sketched a number of buildings. These sketches were later used as propaganda postcards represented conquered cities. The Ministry of the interior published these postcards for use by soldiers to send home to their families. This is Schütz's collection of sketches from Flanders in the first world war. In 1924, Schütz emigrated to the United States where he became a celebrated sketch artist. His depictions of the modern American cities of New York and Chicago were widely published and a number of his works are held in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
May 7, 2015