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Artist:     Franz Reisz ( Austrian-American, 1909 Vienna -1984 New York)
Title:     Preparating for kayak training, Austria 1934
Item ID   5674
Price:     1500.00 €


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Original design for Kajak sport illustration from Austria in 1930s was executed in 1934 by Franz Reisz ( 1909 Vienna - 1984 New York), Austrian-U.S. American illustrator of Jewish origin.

Here is his biography from the Wikipedia ( translated from German):

Franz Reisz (born April 3, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died March 1984 in New York City) was an Austrian-American illustrator.

Franz Reisz worked as a graphic artist in Vienna. After the annexation of Austria in 1938, he had to flee to France. His wife Lili managed to escape to the USA, letters from Franz Reisz to Lili have survived from this time. After the German conquest of France in 1940, he was arrested in Paris in July 1941 and taken to the French internment camps of Beaune-la-Rolande and Meslay-du-Maine. Since the German Foreign Ministry demanded the extradition of Jews from the Vichy regime, Reisz was deported on June 25, 1942 via the Camp de transit de Pithiviers to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was registered with the prisoner number 42447. In the concentration camp he worked in the office.

In January 1945 he was evacuated to Mauthausen concentration camp and liberated in Ebensee concentration camp in May.In a hospital in France he began to work artistically again. His drawings and watercolors were created under the impression of what he experienced.

Reisz emigrated to the USA.

Illustration works by Reisz: Paul Ilg! The girl of the Bastille: Novel of a filial love. Rascher & Cie. A.G., Zurich 1933; Mirjam Singer: Benni flies to the Promised Land: a book for Jewish children. With many pictures v. Franz Reisz. 1936; Claudette Bloch et al .: Témoinages sur Auschwitz. Foreword by Jean Cassou. Drawings by François Reisz. Édition de l’Amicale des déportés d’Auschwitz, Paris 1946. Published by: Fédération nationale des déportés et internés résistants et patriotesSeven men: Austromarxism; a series of  lectures / Friends of Austrian Labor. Drawings: Franz Reisz. Price, New York 1949Literature edit

Marina Stütz (Ed.): Surviving and resisting. Cologne 1980Janet Blatter, Sybil Milton: Art of the Holocaust. Introduction Henry Friedlander. Orbis, London 1982Sybille Goldmann, Myrah Adams Rösing: Art to survive: Drawn in Auschwitz. Ulm 1989 Edit web links.

Literature by and about Franz Reisz in the catalog of the German National LibraryFranz Reisz, in: The eternal holocaust, part 6, Deviant Art, February 2007The Lili Reisz Collection, 1938–1949, at the United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumFranz Reisz, at the Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance;Online Wikipedia in German.

Inscription: signed and monogrammed by the artist, dated 1934, lower right.

Technique: gouache on paper. Original period black lacquer frame..

Measurements: unframed w 21 7/8" x h 11 1/4" (55,5 x 28,5 cm), framed w 24 1/2" x h 13 3/4" (62 x 35 cm).

Condition: in very good condition.

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