Boyhood art

1922 

Age 12

 

Train Wreck in Riedlingsdorf

 July 22, 1922 - Train Wreck in Riedlingsdorf Austria (painted at scene)

July 22, 1922 - Train Wreck in Riedlingsdorf Austria (painted at scene)

"While still a boy -- I lived through a major flood, a bursting dam, a deluge, storms, cyclones, twisters, wagons turned over, rooftops blown off and then a train wreck -- among other disasters.   All of this left an indelible impression -- and Inflexibly influenced my artistic expression."    Gustav Rehberger

 
 

1924

Age 14

 

 

Art Institute of Chicago

The Rehberger family emigrated from Austria to Chicago in 1923 when Gustav was 13.  At age 14, Rehberger began studying at the Art Institute of Chicago on a scholarship that continued for three years.

 1924 - Chicago - Painting Scene from Memory of Riedlingsdorf

1924 - Chicago - Painting Scene from Memory of Riedlingsdorf

  1924 - Mozart School playground, Chicago

 1924 - Mozart School playground, Chicago

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

While still a teenager, he was also on scholarship at The Art Instruction Schools, Minneapolis. After declining two college scholarships, he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator to help support his family during the Depression.   From 1929-1931, he was Art Director at Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation in Chicago, publishers of telephone directories.

 

Niederwald Monument

 May 1, 1924 - Niederwald Monument, (Pen & Ink, 24x19)  Evangelical Lutheran School, Chicago

May 1, 1924 - Niederwald Monument, (Pen & Ink, 24x19)  Evangelical Lutheran School, Chicago

 
 

1925 

Age 15

 
 

Dairymaid with Dog

 1925 - Dairymaid with Dog (Pen & Ink, 24 x 19)

1925 - Dairymaid with Dog (Pen & Ink, 24 x 19)

 
 
 

Westminster Abbey

1925 - Westminster Abbey (pen & ink, oil  20x30)

 
 

1926

Age 16

 

US Capitol

 1926 - US Capitol (Pen & Ink, Wash 20 x 30)

1926 - US Capitol (Pen & Ink, Wash 20 x 30)

 
 

1926

Age 16

 

Riedlingsdorf AUSTRIA

 1926 - Riedlingsdorf (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash 17 x 23) Painted in Chicago

1926 - Riedlingsdorf (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash 17 x 23) Painted in Chicago

 
 

1927-29

Age 17-19

CARL SCHURZ HIGH SCHOOL, Chicago, IL

 
 1927 - A Typical Insect (Pen & Ink)

1927 - A Typical Insect (Pen & Ink)

 
 Nov 4, 1927 - The Earth Worm (Pen & Ink, Wash)

Nov 4, 1927 - The Earth Worm (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 1927 - Forestry (Pen & Ink 6 x 5.25)

1927 - Forestry (Pen & Ink 6 x 5.25)

 
 1927 - Forestry Closeup (Pen & Ink 6 x 5.25)

1927 - Forestry Closeup (Pen & Ink 6 x 5.25)

 
 
 
 1927 - Facts about Stems (Pen & Ink, Wash)

1927 - Facts about Stems (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 

1927

Age 17

 1927 - Leaf Forms (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

1927 - Leaf Forms (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

 
 Sept 28, 1927 - Facts about Leaves -  (Pen & ink, Wash)

Sept 28, 1927 - Facts about Leaves -  (Pen & ink, Wash)

 
 Sept 28, 1927 - Facts about Leaves -  (Pen & ink, Wash)

Sept 28, 1927 - Facts about Leaves -  (Pen & ink, Wash)

 
 1927 - Leaves of Common Trees (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

1927 - Leaves of Common Trees (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

 
 1927 - Leaves of Common Trees (Pen & Colored Inks)

1927 - Leaves of Common Trees (Pen & Colored Inks)

 
 

1927

Age 17

 
 1927 - Map of Empire of Alexander (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

1927 - Map of Empire of Alexander (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

 
 1927 - Map of Greece Fifth Century (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

1927 - Map of Greece Fifth Century (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

 
 
 
 1927 - Map of Greece and Greek Colonies (Pen & Colored Ink, Wash)

1927 - Map of Greece and Greek Colonies (Pen & Colored Ink, Wash)

 
 

1927

Age 17

 
 May 2, 1927 (Freehand Pen & Ink, 6 x 9)

May 2, 1927 (Freehand Pen & Ink, 6 x 9)

 
 Jun 1, 1927 - Water (Pen & Ink)

Jun 1, 1927 - Water (Pen & Ink)

 
 Nov 22, 1927 - Man Rowing (Pen & Ink, Wash, 5 x 3.75)

Nov 22, 1927 - Man Rowing (Pen & Ink, Wash, 5 x 3.75)

 
 1927 - A Natural Spring (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

1927 - A Natural Spring (Pen & Colored Inks, Wash)

 
 1927 - The Gas Engine (Pen & Ink, Wash)

1927 - The Gas Engine (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 

1927

Age 17

 
 1927 - Screw (Law of the Screw)  (Pen & Ink, Wash)

1927 - Screw (Law of the Screw)  (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 Dec 5, 1927 - Mt. Vesuvius Volcano (Pen & Ink, Wash)

Dec 5, 1927 - Mt. Vesuvius Volcano (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 Dec 5, 1927 - Mt. Vesuvius Volcano (Pen & Ink, Wash)

Dec 5, 1927 - Mt. Vesuvius Volcano (Pen & Ink, Wash)

 
 

1928

Age 18

 Feb 2, 1928 - Answers to Questions (Pen & Ink)

Feb 2, 1928 - Answers to Questions (Pen & Ink)

 
 

1928

Age 18

The Literary Dijest

1928 - The Literary Dijest - The Carl Schurz High School (Pen & Ink, 5.50 x 4.50)

 
 
 

Literary Dijest

 1928 - The Literary Dijest - The Carl Schurz High School (Pen & ink, 7 x 6)

1928 - The Literary Dijest - The Carl Schurz High School (Pen & ink, 7 x 6)

 
 

1929

Age 19

 

REHBERGER ELECTED CLASS PRESIDENT

 1929 - The Literary Dijest - Carl Schurz High School

1929 - The Literary Dijest - Carl Schurz High School

 
 
 

Literary Dijest

 1929 - The Literary Dijest -  Carl Schurz High School (Girl reading at base of tree, Pen & Ink, 7 x 6)

1929 - The Literary Dijest -  Carl Schurz High School (Girl reading at base of tree, Pen & Ink, 7 x 6)