Rudolf Scheffler (1884 - 1973), German / American

Born in Zwickau, Germany in 1884, died in Valley Cottage, NY, USA in 1973. Studied at the Royal Art Academy in Dresden. At the Academy he became a very good friend with Max Pechstein. Won several art prizes like silver medal in 1912, Grand Prix de Rome 1913, etc. Made study trips in Paris 1908, Rome and Florence 1909 and Holland in 1913. In 1921 he was an art teacher at the Art Academy in Dresden, and he was considered as one of the best portraitists in the Dresden high society.  He moved to USA in 1924 where he established a studio in Brooklyn Heights, New York. When he arrived in USA he was already recognized as leading muralist and architectural artisan. He painted murals (including those in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1932), and created mosaics and stained glass for churches, synagogues and public buildings in nineteen states. He also created the major mosaic of the cathedral on Saint Louis and the mosaics for the state office building in Columbus, Ohio.

In the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C, there is oil on canvas painting titled: “Oriental Café, Üsküb, Southern Macedonia” – interior scene with three male figures smoking at a table in front of brightly-lit window”. The painting is illustrated in the book Falk, Peter H. “Rudolf Scheffler 1884-1973”, Madison, CT, Sound View Press, 1989 no 28.

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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