Illustrations

After serving in the US Army as a distinguished Special Services Artist with the Fort Custer Illustrators and the Training Aids Division of the WWII Illustrations and Format Branch, Rehberger returned to civilian life.  He resumed work as a commercial illustrator and created impassioned artwork that accompanied feature articles for American magazine classics  including Esquire, Coronet, Everywoman's, Reader's Digest, Collier's and Parade Magazine.  One critic, commenting on Rehberger's work, labelled him the "Hemingway of painting."  Gustav Rehberger was considered a "pioneer in use of expressionism in American illustration and design."

ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

 July 1950 - Red Horizon

July 1950 - Red Horizon

1948-49

 

"Backstage with Esquire"

1948-52

Esquire Magazine

 
 
 
 
 

CORONET MAGAZINE

1949-58

 
 April 1949 - "Genesis - The Story of Creation on the Sixth Day"

April 1949 - "Genesis - The Story of Creation on the Sixth Day"

 
 

EVERYWOMAN'S MAGAZINE

1953-57

 
 
 

Reader’s Digest Best Loved Books of Young Readers

1969

 
 

Collier's Magazine

1949

 
 

I BeliEve

C. 1950

 

Circa 1950, Gustav Rehberger created this moving cover illustration for an album titled "I Believe."  The album, produced by Vox Records, was a compilation of Musique dans les Ghettos or Music from the Camps featuring Soprano Emma Schaver.  Ms. Schaver honed her skills as a soprano at the Chicago Conservatory and at the Julliard School of Music.  

With her husband's encouragement, Emma became more active in American Jewish culture and in the late 1930s and early 1940's she began to collect and sing Yiddish and Hebrew songs. In 1945, she was invited by the World Jewish Congress with the purpose of bringing Jewish pride and culture back to survivors of the Holocaust.  Ms. Schaver had been pushing to sing for survivors for over a year stating, “My feeling was, the first thing to do was to save them, to meet their bodily needs. The next thing was to give them something for the soul. That was something I could do.” She traveled all over Germany and Poland singing to survivors, and as she did, collected the songs of the concentration camps she heard from them. Originally scheduled to serve for three months, she insisted on staying six, afterwards traveling to Israel with her husband Morris. Upon returning to the US, Ms. Schaver produced an album of concentration camp songs entitled, "I Believe."

 

Nation's Business

1953

 
 

PARADE MAGAZINE

1977

 
 

TRUE MAGAZINE

1967