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 Frederick J. Hoertz  (1889 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Georgia/South Carolina      Known for: marine painting-sailing ships, lithography

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The United States passenger liner 'Independence'
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frederick J. Hoertz contributed to ship camouflage during World War I. This is confirmed by an article titled "Why Camouflage?" by C. Stewart Wark, which was published in The Morse Drydock Dial (April 1919), p. 4.

In that article, Wark writes about having seen the camouflage of an American troop ship, the USS Von Steuben, which had been painted with a dazzle camouflage pattern on its starboard side, while on its port side was painted the black silhouette of a destroyer, so that it would look as if it was being escorted.

Most probably, writes Wark, "this idea originated with Mr. Hoertz, the artist who drew the cover of this issue of The Dial. Mr. Hoertz submitted designs to the government which were exactly duplicated on the Von Steuben. His idea also called for smoke pots just over the dummy funnels to make the painted destroyer seem more realistic."

Submitted by Roy R. Behrens, editor of SHIP SHAPE: A Dazzle Camouflage Sourcebook (Bobolink Books, 2012).


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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Frederick Hoertz was a marine painter and lithographer who worked for shipbuilding and aircraft companies. Early in his career, he was associated with marine and lithographic artist Fred Pansing of New Jersey.

Hoertz studied at the Brooklyn Institute, the Art Students League, and the Albright Institute in Buffalo. As a modernist, he was a member of the Society of Independent Artists.

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Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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