1904 – 1977
Born in Belgium, Georges Schreiber started school at the German Gymnasium in Brussels, but received most of his education in Germany at an Art and Craft School, and Academies of Art. George Schreiber came to the United States in 1928. To support himself quickly, he sold cartoons and drawings to most of New York’s newspapers while finding dealers to represent him and making time to set up his studio.
Schreiber was ecstatic to become an American because he was fascinated with life in the United States. For 3 years, beginning in 1936, he made trips touring the U.S painting and sketching Americans in all the states. Back in New York, he exhibited these paintings, called “Panorama of America”, at the Associated American Artists gallery. His show was so successful that all the works were sold before the show even opened. His new financial status allowed him to purchase a home on Martha’s Vineyard, at the time an artist’s colony, where his neighbor was Thomas Hart Benton. He and Benton had similar outlooks regarding American subject matter and became great friends. Schreiber’s work was accepted into exhibitions at major museums during this period of the ‘30s and ‘40s when American Scene Painting and Regionalism were popular.
From 1941 to 1945, Schreiber was commissioned by the U.S. Army and Navy to do a series of works. He painted several War Bond Posters and teamed with Thomas Hart Benton for a 1943 project to capture life on a submarine.
His teaching career found him on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in 1958. He was artist – in – residence at Northern Michigan University in 1964.
Schreiber’s works are in the collections of: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, Montclair Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Newark Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art, MIT, Library of Congress, White House Library, Toledo Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bibleoteque Nationale, and the Museum of Tel Aviv.
“Going Home” 1945
Image size – 9 1/8 x 13 3/8