Edward Muegge "Buck" Schiwetz (American, 1898-1984) was a painter whose work recorded the state of Texas from the country to the city. In addition, Schiwetz was a magazine illustrator, graphic artist, writer, preservationist, and architect.
Edward Schiwetz was born and raised in Cuero, Texas and learned to draw and paint under the instruction of his mother. He graduated from Cuero High School (1916) and received a baccalaureate in architecture from Texas A & M college, College Station, Texas (1921).
In 1928, Schiwetz moved to New York City where he studied lithography and etching at the Art Students League. During this time he successfully marketed his work to publications including Scribner's, House Beautiful and the Architectural Record.
Schiwetz returned to Texas in 1929 and became an art director and partner in the successful Houston advertising agency of Franke, Wilkinson, and Schiwetz. After retiring from the advertising agency in 1966, he devoted himself almost entirely to painting and drawing. In 1974, he moved to College Station where he worked on campus scenes at his alma mater.
The Houston Art League honored Schiwetz in a festive tribute the year before his death and named him Texas Artist of the Year.
He died in Cuero, Texas in 1984.
Schiwetz was a member of the Associated Artists of Houston; California Water Color Society; Contemporary Arts Association; Southern States Art League; Texas Society of Architects; Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Watercolor Society.
Exhibitions included American Watercolor Society; Philadelphia Watercolor Society; Art Institute of Chicago; Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition; Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition; Western Watercolor Exhibition, San Francisco and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
Source: John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists
His high reported price is over $21,000.00. His original work is very much in demand.
I believe this is a very special original work. He rarely has drawn people in the drawings of buildings and areas. This has seven people pictured, several are named. This artwork is quite touching. It's social context may have been overlooked when this was sold to me. It is primarily pencil on paper, with a colored pencil used only for a blue mailbox in the upper left corner. This could be symbolic. Perhaps he was intimating that in the time this drawing was made the only hope the people pictured had to receive truly good news was a dream in the sky. All told, I believe this drawing is far better and different from his other drawings. I have seen other supposedly "equivalent" drawings that are being sold at much higher prices than we are offering
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Title: "DeWitt County Fragment"
Medium: Pencil and colored pencil on paper.
Size: 8 by 10 1/2 inches (20.3 by 26.7 cm) (sight); Framed 13 3/4 by 16 1/4 by 1 inches.
Signed and dated lower right: "E M Schiwetz 36"
Condition: There appears to be some light handling creases and light overall paper discoloration.