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Paintings From the Abbott Collection; Naval Aviation

 

Georges Schreiber

Born in Belgium in 1904; came to United States, 1928. Studied in Berlin, London, Rome, Paris and Florence. So grateful for opportunities offered in this country that he visited all of the 48 states, recording his impression of each in a series of 48 paintings which were exhibited in Associated American Artists Galleries, New York, 1940. Won Tuthill Prize, International Water Color Exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, 1932. Paintings exhibited by invitation in Whitney Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Pennsylvania Academy, Santa Barbara Museum, Denver Art Museum, and many others. Represented in permanent collections of Brooklyn, Whitney and Metropolitan Museums, Museum of the City of New York, Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, etc. Author and illustrator of "Portraits and Self-Portraits", book of noted Americans.

 

"Wind Her Up!"
Georges Schreiber #7
Oil on Canvas, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
47 1/2h" x 36w"
88-159-IZ

 

An aviation machinist's mate winds up the inertia starter of a "Yellow Peril"--the Navy's primary trainer. After a period of instruction in these training biplanes, the aviation cadet will be ready for his intermediate training in the faster SNJ trainer.

 

The Man in the Rear Seat
Georges Schreiber #6
Oil,1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
46 1/2h" x 36w"
88-159-IY

 
The Rear Gunner's spot, as on these SBD Dive Bombers, is a lonely, but vital one. It is the man in the rear sear who fights the rear guard action protecting his pilot while bombs are aimed at the target. His flexible machine guns have scratched scores of enemy fighters on the Pacific tally sheets

 

 

Flight's End
Georges Schreiber #8
Oil on Canvas, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
47h" x 35w"
88-159-JA

 

His parachute swung comfortably over his shoulder, a Navy pilot returns to squadron headquarters to check in after a flight at Pensacola, Florida. Behind him, a beaching crew hoists a Vought-Sikorsky observation-scout onto the concrete hangar ramp. This operation is the same as that followed at sea, where scouting planes are hoisted back aboard after being catapulted from the deck of cruiser or battleship.

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21 April 2006