Train Wreck in Riedlingsdorf
"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
Original black & white photo taken at the scene of the train wreck by Austrian newspaper Burgenlandische Freiheit on July 22, 1922. A colorized version by Mario Unger, Photographer & Photoshop Artist from the Austrian Burgenland.
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.
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.
Dairymaid with Dog
CARL SCHURZ HIGH SCHOOL, Chicago, IL