Anton Schutz (German-American, 1894-1977), "George Washington Bridge." ca. 1920s CE. Etching, signed in the plate. A dynamic depiction of the George Washington Bridge stretching across the Hudson River with a few ships in the waters and a marvelous skyscraper-filled Manhattan scene in the background. Schutz gracefully invites the viewer into the scene via a quaint Fort Lee footbridge in the foreground. Schutz was famous for his depictions of skyscrapers rising above America's bustling downtowns. Size: image measures 13.875" L x 9.75" W (35.2 cm x 24.8 cm); sheet measures 17.5" L x 12.75" W (44.4 cm x 32.4 cm); 19.25" L x 15.25" W (48.9 cm x 38.7 cm) with protective mat/portfolio
Born in Berndorf, Germany to Franco-German parents, Schutz initially studied engineering and mathematics prior to serving in World War I. Following the war, he attended the University of Munich as well as the Royal Academy of Fine Art where he earned degrees in Engineering and Architecture. In addition, Schutz became a respected etcher of landscapes, including urban scenes. Schutz emigrated to New York in 1924 where he studied with Joseph Pennell at the Art Students League and became a well-known etcher of American cityscapes during the twenties. In 1925, Schutz founded the New York Graphic Society, and two years later began a tour of the country, all the while etching cityscapes for "The New York Times Magazine".
Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection
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