<font color="#808080">SCHATZ, Manfred</font>

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1925 - 2004)

Manfred Schatz was born in 1925 in Stettin, Germany. He attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Stettin and the Academy of Pictoral Arts, Berlin-Charlottenburg. He has had exhibitions in over a dozen more cities of the world including Hamburg, Munich, London, Dallas, New York, and Las Vegas. In 1964 he won a Silver Medal for his painting, ELK ON THE MOVE, in Florence, Italy, and a Gold Medal for FLEEING LYNX in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1975 The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto held an international exhibition, ANIMALS IN ART. Twenty-five nations submitted art from a total of 143 artists (both past and present). Manfred Schatz was judged the most significant artist of the exhibition. He has received every award that can be bestowed by the Republic of Germany on any artist - living or deceased. Twice the President of West Germany personally presented him awards. He holds a full, lifetime professorship at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, and accepts students from St. Ambrose University during summer months for a fully accredited art course.

The magic of Professor Schatz's paintings lies in his uncanny ability to capture movement. His brush strokes are bold and are set to canvas with a certainty that many artists never acquire. He does not lose himself in the details of the marginal things, but forces the viewer's attention on the main motif as he proposes to express it.

He portrays wildlife as most of us see it - in quick, often shadowy glimpses rather than sharp, bright portraits. He uses the viewers mind as an extension of his brush to supply needed details, and avoids them where they're not needed and never seen. His work is inevitably real and alive and the viewer cannot help but react. At one of the exhibitions of his paintings a spectator summed it up best when he turned to his companion and said, "It seems as though I can actually hear the painting."

There are several books on his work, including AUGENBLICKE DER BEWEGUNG, DER TIER UND JAGDMALER, JAGDTAGE, MASTERS OF THE WILD - THE MOVING ART OF MANFRED SCHATZ, and WILDBAHN IMPRESSIONEN. His work has been featured in such publications as Gray's Sporting Journal, National Wildlife, Southwest Art, Sporting Classics, and Wildlife Art magazines.

His work is in the collections of several museums throughout the United States, including the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, New York, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming.

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