Michael Schreck, American, born Austria July 13,1901. Since childhood, art was an all consuming, everyday affair for Michael Schreck. From studies and exhibits in Vienna, to London, Montreal, New York, Paris, Miami, this artists prolific works were in many styles and mediums. Portraits, sketches, abstract, sculpture in pencil, oil, watercolor, acrylic, marble, onyx, etc. Many of his works are found in private and public collections and museums around the world.
PERIODS OF WORK:
1931-1938 Austria: In secondary schools, Michael was outspoken in his artistic views. Subsequently expelled from Vienna school, Schreck transferred to a school in Graz. One classmate there was Rene' d'Harconcourt, who later became Director of Museum of Modern Art. Schreck's father died in 1923 at age 48. For a short time, Michael Schreck assisted his brother Emanuel in the family business. Business travels led him to Berlin & Munich were he was influenced by fashion and colors by works of Jawlensky, Macke, Kadinsky, Frank Mark. In Vienna Schreck continued drawing and studying at the Albertine, concentrating on Rembrandt, Durer, and other masters. During this time Schreck began showing his work and won the first of many prizes and honorable mentions.
In 1928 met and consequently married Alice Lizzi-Lustig on February 22, 1931. They had two children, Evelyn and Peter. In the next few years Schreck received several memberships and prizes. In 1938, as Hitler's legions invaded Austria, Schreck moved his family to London.
1938-1948 England: Schreck established a modest studio in London, mostly doing portrait commissions. During the war with Holland and Belgium the family was sent to the Isle of Man, where they spent over a year. Many of Schreck's best work were from this period. At the Anglo French Art Center, Schreck met Fernand Leger and Andre' Lhote. Then on to Paris School of Painting studying Matisse, Braque, Picasso. After the war, Schreck went to New York to visit his brother. There, he viewed American works of deKooning, Kline, Still, Motherwell, Rothko. He met Hans Hofmann. Schreck returned to London and moved his family to Montreal in 1948.
1948-1954 Canada: Michael Schreck met Dr. Max Stern, owner of Dominion Gallery. Dr. Stern became Schreck's exclusive representative in Canada. During 1953-54 many of his portraits and paintings became included in collections and museums in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto. In 1953, Schreck went to Paris to study sculptors Brancusi & Arp. Returning to Montreal, Schreck moved to New York.
1954-1961 New York: For two years, Schreck worked in abstract painting. Participated in many exhibits. Returned to Paris in 1961.
1961-1965 France: Participated in many exhibits, received memberships and favorable mentions.
In 1965, at a show at the Galerie Lachoche, Michael Schreck met Chagall. Schreck returned to New York in 1965.
1966-1970 New York: Michael Schreck began teaching. He held many one man exhibits. During this time, he started concentrating on sculpture. One of his first bronze castings was purchased by Sam Baraf, Rene' Berger, director of Fine Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1970, Schreck was invited to exhibit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
1971-1981 Florida: Many of Schrecks drawings in Florida were influenced by the beaches as were studies for sculptures in bronze, marble & onyx. Taking his drawings to quarries in Italy resulted in Schreck spending every spring in Italy for ten years. During the 1970's Schreck's works were extensively displayed in many galleries, shows & exhibits. He received extremely favorable reviews, awards and press coverage.
Note: Although cannot find documentation, a family member of a person who was in the employ of Michael Schreck, states that he passed away in the late 1990's, or early 2000. That he was blind the last few years of life, and had continued painting during this time.
PRIZES & AWARDS:
Arts, Paris by Jean-Jacques Leveque
The American Federation of Arts
MUSEUMS & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Heckscher Museum, Huntington NY
Michael Schreck Life and Work, Michael Screck, Richard Madagan, Director, Norton Gallery and School of Art.
Schreck, Catalogue Raisonne' # 268, Introduction by Alfred Werner, Preface by Richard Madagan.
Michael Schreck Selected Sculptures, Paintings, and Drawings, Richard Madigan, Dyansen Gallery Of Soho, NYC, 1987
Artists USA 1970-71, First Edition, Paul Lightman, Publisher.
Numerous and various gallery catalogues from exhibits.
Numerous newspaper & press articles.
Publications listed herein under Listed.