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 Siegfried Gerhard Reinhardt  (1925 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Missouri / Germany      Known for: surreal genre-views, abstraction, mural

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BIOGRAPHY for Siegfried Reinhardt
1925 (Eydkuhnen, Germany)

Missouri / Germany

Self portrait - Siegfried Reinhardt - Self Portrait

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surreal genre-views, abstraction, mural

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Born in Eydkuhnen, Germany, Siegfried Reinhardt became an active painter, muralist, teacher, and designer in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the St. Louis Art Guild.

He was a designer of stained-glass windows for Emil Frei Inc. and had a weekly TV show, "Man of Sorrows," in the late 1950s where he did paintings. From 1955 to 1970, he was a teacher at Washington University.

Peter Hastings Falk (editor), Who Was Who in American Art
The following is from Delilah, Tayloe:

Siegfried Reinhardt was a neighbor of mine when I was a child growing up in Kirkwood, MO. It was MOST interesting to go to his house on Halloween!

As curator of the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library I have discovered Siegfried Reinhardt served as the illustrator on the rare Shanghai edition of the Stars and Stripes, which was published aboard ship, the U. S. S. General Blatchford, a vessel carrying 2,461 troops from the CBI-China/Burma/India campaign. The ship was returning to the States April 21-May 6, 1946 following World War II.

The then 21-year old Reinhardt's stencil sketches for the "daily" 17 issue onboard newspaper are nimbly done, and add a great deal to the morale boosting nature of this spontaneous edition of the Soldier's Newspaper, Stars and Stripes, which is still published daily in 2 editions for our armed forces overseas.

Siegfried Reinhardt created a 142 foot long mural on the History of Flight that is seen by millions at the St. Louis International Airport/Lambert Field in the original terminal building, which I believe was designed by architect Eero Saarinen.  Located on the lower level of the former TWA gate complex, the work is composed of eight panels.  This luminous composition by Reinhardt is refreshingly vivid visual nourishment for weary travelers.

Siegfried Reinhart was a big boned vibrant man with a shock of lush red brown hair.  I remember he and his wife embracing in the sunshine and a brilliant look and smile between them.  She was much shorter and lushly built, the subject of most of the voluptuous art in the foyer of their home, to my young eyes details caught in a glance.  After she died, I think he lasted a few more years, but there was a symbiosis between them, and the world must have dimmed with her passing.

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The artist died of an apparent heart attack in 1984, at the age of 59.  He had been working on a solo exhibtion of his work to be held in 1985 at the Albrecht Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Obituary The New York Times, October 26, 1984

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