CANADIAN WAR COLLECTION MARSHALLING LANCASTERS AGAINST STUTTGART
Copy of original. Purchased before his death in 1995.
Marshalling Lancasters Against Stuttgart
Avant le raid contre Stuttgart
Canadian War Collections: The National Gallery of Canada.
Dimensions: 32” x 23”
Condition: Previously owned and hung. Slight water mark evident within white surround. Framed white and gold line highlighting the frame.
Marshalling Lancasters Against Stuttgart by Carl Schaefer, A.R.C.A. Canada 1903-1995
Carl Schaefer, a Canadian regionalist artist and teacher, painted scenes of rural southern Ontario. The farm environment of Grey County and his personal relationship to the land inspired his best work.
Schaefer studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1921 under the Group of Seven painters, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald. He later free-lanced as a commercial artist. In 1930, Schaefer began teaching at the Central Technical School in Toronto. During the Depression, Schaefer returned with his family on his holidays to Hanover. From 1948 to 1970, he taught at OCA (Ontario College of Art).
In his earliest works, Schaefer showed a great interest in such Northern European sixteenth century painters as Pieter Bruegel. From 1932-42 his work was marked by a transition from a decorative/ geometric style to a realistic, occasionally allegorical approach to landscape and still life.
In 1937, stimulated by an interest in drawing, Schaefer turned to watercolour, a medium that had the added advantages of speed, immediacy, and low cost.
From 1943-46, Schaefer worked as an official war artist with the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force). This experience darkened his vision, but by the 1950s he was again painting in a broad, lyrical spirit in the countryside around Hanover and in neighboring Wellington and Waterloo counties.
Two of his most reproduced war paintings are Marshalling Lancasters Against Stuttgart (1943) and Bomb Aimer C Charlie, Battle of Rhur..
An outstanding example of his war work in this vein is Marshalling Lancasters Against Stuttgart (CWM 11836). Currently on view at the Canadian War Museum, it captures the threatening presence of these black bombers as they stand ready for take-off, their striking fuselages silhouetted against dark and lowered skies.
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