Art deco c. 1900 - 1920 allegorical graphite drawings by German born American Heinrich Arad Schmidt. Angel and Devil, Fallen Angel, Lucifer and Angel may be some of the interpretations that Mr. Schmidt was trying to communciate. Though these pieces are unsigned they are from his estate auction and each is more provocative than the next. This first piece I believe is another for a large panel and/or stained glass window. It is quite powerful and depicts an angel and a devil with backs turned to each other. The eternal struggle is played out here very beautifully. The details are extraordinary and the technique, subject and execution are synonymous with the period. Each is a wonderful work ready for framing. Please read below for a short excerpt from the Elder Art Gallery regarding Mr. Schmidt. From what I know these were his original sketches for windows and/or architectural reliefs. One of several available
CONDITION: The condition is excellent with no damage. Each piece is matted.
SIZE: Each of the drawings measures in the range of 14 inches x 7 inches plus the matting.
"The Elder Art Gallery has introduced a new concept to the local arts scene in Charlotte, NC...." The Vintage Gallery is currently showing two paintings that represent historical significance. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was painted in 1919 by Heinrich Arad Schmidt to present his design of the stained glass window for the Munich Cathedral in Germany. "As the story goes, the windows were installed in the Cathedral but were lost in the bombing of the city during the war. Schmidt escaped from Nazi Germany with eight paintings, one of which is the large painting that is on display at our gallery" said Elder.
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