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Very Rare Original Drawing and Etching Anton Schutz Heart of Baltimore 1928 Maurice Bendann SIGNED

Anton Schutz Original Drawing and Etching Framed and Matted. Title is “Heart of Baltimore” 1928.

Anton Schutz Original Drawing and Etching Framed and Matted. Title is “Heart of Baltimore” 1928.
Anton Schutz Bio:

“Anton Schutz (1894-1977) is noted for his architectural etchings of New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and other notable cities in America. He was born near Trier, Germany and in 1912, he entered the Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich), where as a student of architecture he learned the technique of etching as a means of reproducing building plans.
Starting in Munich around 1919, he continued his studies in architecture and mechanical engineering while also studying printmaking at the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste (Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts) with portrait and landscape painter Hermann Gröber (1865-1935). Schutz began his career making etchings of German landscapes and cityscapes that were admired for their skilled exactitude.

In 1924, concerned with Germany's unstable economic and political conditions, Schutz emigrated to New York City, where he became a studio assistant to Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), the esteemed printmaker who taught intaglio at the Art Students League. Schutz soon began to create his own etchings of the modern, progressive city growing around him, encouraged by his first American exhibition at New York's Anderson Gallery. In 1925 the local Chamber of Commerce commissioned him to execute twelve etchings documenting the urban landscape to commemorate the three-hundredth anniversary of the founding of New Amsterdam (now New York). In 1928 and 1929 commissions for etchings of corporate headquarters and business districts in such cities as Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and several European capitals. Yet New York's dynamic architecture and skyline inspired him to create more etchings than any other place.

Until the depression damaged the market for fine art prints, Schutz's precisely drawn etchings were commercially successful; he regularly exhibited in galleries and etching society shows in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Philadelphia. To supplement his etching career, in 1925 Schutz founded the New York Graphic Society, Inc., which marketed original graphic art. Schutz had ceased printmaking in 1940, when he cancelled most of his copper plates and donated them as scrap metal in support of America's war effort.”

Title: Heart of Baltimore
Year: the drawing is 1927 and the etching is dated 1928
Edition: Artist Proof and dedicated to Maurice Bendann, the second generation of the famous Baltimore Framer, Art Patrion and Art Dealer which started in 1859.
The numbered edition was an edition of 100, not know how many artist proofs were done, most likely less than 10.

The Drawing is signed lower right in pencil and lower left says “Baltimore MD” “Baltimore Dec. 29 27 (1927). On the mat states, “original dragon for its etching”. The etching is signed in pencil on the lower right and left has artist dedication” with the artist compliments to Mr. Maurice Bendann” Signed by artist and dated Feb. 14th 1928”. Not a numbered edition.
Both pieces are framed with period frame and un-altered with Bendann’s label attached to back.

Condition: Near fine with no visible damage, original frame and label on the back of the frame. The Mat is original and has not been altered since has writing of the artist.

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