This Wisconsin impressionist (born in 1896) came to the United States from Germany. When the artist was only fourteen in 1910, Carl Sandburg, at that time Secretary to the Mayor of Milwaukee, was presented with the impetuous and aspiring boy's picture of an American Indian on a pony -- Sandburg advised young Stelzner to work to achieve his goal of becoming an artist. A year later he met Milwaukee painter Francesco Spicuzza (1883-1962), who had received advanced lessons from John F. Carlson at the Art Student League's Summer School at Woodstock. Spicuzza taught Stelzner plein air painting and how to handle impasto pigment. Stelzner went on to the Wisconsin School of Art where his teachers were Gustave Moeller
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