DescriptionEDWARD MUEGGE "BUCK" SCHIWETZ (American, 1898-1984)
Huddled 'Round the Flare, 1947
Mixed media on paper
10-1/2 x 16-5/8 inches (26.7 x 42.2 cm) (sight)
Born at Cuero, Texas, to a banker father and an artistic mother, Schiwetz dreamed of being an artist. Following high school his father insisted he study engineering at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). Fortuitously, Schiwetz switched to the study of architecture and graduated in 1921.
Schiwetz exhibited in most of the important Texas exhibitions of the 1930s, thus placing him squarely in the Regionalist camp, if not in style then certainly in philosophy. Oddly this achievement in his repertoire has been largely overlooked. He also exhibited in the "Artists of Southeast Texas" annuals at Beaumont from 1937 through 1939 (one of the first and more important regionalist Texas art exhibitions of the late 1930s). By 1948 five Texas museums had hosted solo exhibitions for Schiwetz's work, and by the 1950s he had been showing his work regionally and nationally and winning prizes, particularly for his watercolors.
Humble Oil and Refining Company (later Exxon Company, U.S.A.) created The Humble Way magazine in 1945 to promote the areas of Texas where Humble operated. The magazine featured Schiwetz's drawings and watercolors. Its popularity prompted the company in 1952 to publish the first Texas Sketchbook, a compilation of Schiwetz drawings of Texas. Revised and enlarged editions followed in 1958 and again in 1962.
Uneven discolored varnish layer; one small spot of possible water stain in bottom left quadrant; framed and under glass. Framed Dimensions 19.25 X 22 Inches
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