Anton Schutz, German/American (1894 - 1977)

Anton Schutz

Anton Schutz was born in Berndorf, Germany of Franco-German parents. At
first Schutz studied mathematics and engineering before serving in the
German Army during WWI. After the war he attended the University of Munich
and the Royal Academy of Fine Art from which he received degrees in Engineering and Architecture. While still in Germany he established himself as a known etcher of landscapes and cities.

In 1924 Schutz emigrated to New York, where he studied and worked with Joseph Pennell at The Art Student's League and quickly became an eminent etcher of the
burgeoning American city of the twenties. His works of this period are
crowded with the new skyscrapers rising out of America's downtowns and its
bridges spanning urban rivers and harbors. By 1925 he had founded the New
York Graphic Society, and in 1927 toured the country etching images of
cities for The New York Times Magazine. He was also commissioned by The
Times to tour the Soviet Union, Japan and China and capture these far
flung locales in his etchings.

Subsequently, in keeping with the temper of the times, he made a series of
etchings of the world's major stock exchanges. In 1939, Bard Brothers
published Anton Schutz: New York in Etchings, which contains facsimiles of
his best known work, his images of New York City. Later in life his
energies were devoted to publishing prints as President of the NY Graphic
society and to working with Unesco. His prints are in collections such as
the NYPL, The British Museum, London, The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris,
and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Schutz wrote his autobiography entitled My Share of Wine, published in
1972 by the New York Graphic Society, from which this 1929 photo comes.
The artist is seen at his etching press pulling an impression.

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