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From 1922 to 1926 Franz Zureich studied painting and graphics at the
Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe with professors Hermann Gohler,
Wilhelm Schnarrenberger, August Froh, [[Friedrich Fehr, and Walter
Conz. From 1934 to 1937 he was a master pupil of graphics with
professor Hermann Kupferschmid.
Influenced by Albert Haueisen, Zureich was best known for his city
representations, decorative motives, industrial etchings,
illustrations, and satirical designs.
Zureich's honor awards include the 1932 state prizes: "Preis im
Saar-Wettbewerb" (Saar Competition prize) and the "Preis Ausschmuckung
der Stadt Karksruhe" (Decoration of Karlsruhe prize). "Zureich's talent
for searching character study is obvious from the?" pencil drawing Zwei
Damen und Balkon.
From 1939 to 1945, he served in Lapland as a war picture
correspondent. After the war, he did freelance artist work in
Karlsruhe from 1946 to 1949, predominantly pencil drawings and
watercolors of city scenes, traditional costumes, greeting cards, and
large scale etchings for the steel industry which included blast
furnaces, bridge construction, shipbuilding, and refineries.
Franz Zureich worked as a freelance employee of the Krupp and Demag companies from 1949 to 1981. His artwork Krupp: 15000 t-Presse
was published in the Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung (the Leipziger
Illustrated Newspaper), which was one of Germany's most prestigious
weekly news magazines.
His artwork "Demag: Giesspfannen beim fullen der kokillen" ( Demag:
foundry ladles during fill the mold) was exhibited at the House of
German Art in Munich.
He also made large-scale etchings of all work in the building of
hydro-electric power plants at Waldshut and Bad Sackingen built for
Schluchseewerk AG, operators of the largest hydro-electric power plant
complexes in Germany.
Zureich made etchings of the movable weirs (a small overflow dam used
to raise the level of a river) and dikes around the level reach of the
Iffezheim Rhine River Dam hydro-electric power station put into
operation in 1978. Iffezheim is one of the largest hydropower stations
Freelance artist work continued at Zureich's Baden-Baden workshop until his death in 1992.
Submitted by Don Golemme, whose source is Wikipedia
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