The Fugitives by Karl Schrag

The Fugitives by Karl Schrag

The Fugitives

Karl Schrag

Title

The Fugitives

 
Artist

Karl Schrag

  1912 - 1995 (biography)
Year
1941  
Technique
etching and aquatint on copper 
Image Size
7 3/8 x 14 15/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
50 
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left; dated 1941 after the signature 
Reference
Syracuse University no.9; illustrated on page 25 
Paper
wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
PAMI113 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

This early, powerful etching and aquatint by Karl Schrag was done at the Art Students League in New York, two years after he moved to the US from Paris to escape the chaos of his native Germany and the inpending war in Europe.

Schrag studied with social commentator Harry Sternberg at the ASL before studying with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York in 1945.

Schrag draws on his memories and depicts refugees, packed on the back of a truck, escaping a destroyed city in a raging storm. A man in the cab guards the group with a rifle while the passengers, representing a cross section of ordinary people, try to sleep, pray and stay alive. A madonna-like mother and baby seem to represent a ray of hope.