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 Edward Muegge (Buck) Schiwetz  (1898 - 1984)



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Lived/Active: Texas/New York      Known for: regional landscape, industry and structure painting, printmaking

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Edward Muegge Schiwetz was a painter whose work recorded the state of Texas from the country to the city.  In addition, Schiwetz was a magazine illustrator, graphic artist, writer, preservationist, and architect.

Edward Schiwetz was born and raised in Cuero, Texas and learned to draw and paint under the instruction of his mother.  He graduated from Cuero High School (1916) and received a baccalaureate in architecture from Texas A & M college, College Station, Texas (1921).

In 1928, Schiwetz moved to New York City where he studied lithography* and etching* at the Art Students League*.  During this time he successfully marketed his work to publications including Scribner's, House Beautiful and the Architectural Record.

Schiwetz returned to Texas in 1929 and became an art director and partner in the successful Houston advertising agency of Franke, Wilkinson, and Schiwetz.  After retiring from the advertising agency in 1966, he devoted himself almost entirely to painting and drawing.  In 1974, he moved to College Station where he worked on campus scenes at his alma mater.

The Houston Art League* honored Schiwetz in a festive tribute the year before his death and named him Texas Artist of the Year.

He died in Cuero, Texas in 1984.

Schiwetz was a member of the Associated Artists of Houston; California WaterColor Society*; Contemporary Arts Association; Southern States Art League*; Texas Society of Architects; Texas Fine Arts Association* and the Texas Watercolor Society.

Exhibitions included American Watercolor Society*; Philadelphia Watercolor Society; Art Institute of Chicago*; Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition; Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition; Western Watercolor Exhibition, San Francisco and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, Philadelphia.

John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists


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Biography from The Heritage Society:
Edward Muegge (Buck) Schiwetz was born in Cuero, Texas in 1898.  He received his B.S. in architecture from Texas A&M.  As a young man he worked as an architect's apprentice and also in commercial advertising.  He married Ruby Lee Sanders (also an artist) in 1926. The couple moved to Houston in 1927, and Schiwetz set up a free-lance office.

His architectural sketches soon garnered much praise, both locally and internationally. Schiwetz worked with both Anderson-Clayton and Humble Oil & Refining Co. The Company put him on historical assignments for their Texas Sketchbook.

Schiwetz' style leaned more and more in the direction of art; he enjoyed painting ships, oil derricks, cotton gins, churches, and houses.   He rendered service to history by painting historic houses and encouraging people to preserve them.   "I have a field of my own," said Schiwetz, "that of architectural and historical art..."

For over 50years, Buck Schiwetz painted Texas scenes and structures.  He worked with lithographs, watercolors, pencil sketches, oils, and etchings.  Schiwetz exhibited in New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans.   In 1934, he won a prize from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for most outstanding collection of watercolors. Schiwetz was also president of the Associated Artists of Houston.

His work is represented in major museums and appears in five or more books and two print portfolios.  He was voted Texas State Artist in 1977-78. "The vision of Buck Schiwetz is uncomplicated: he draws and paints the country he loves with ease and directness, seeing it just as it is."(John Palmer Leeper 1981)

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