Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Accomplished artist Ted Lewy was born on September 4, 1912, in a small town called Schubin in West Prussia, part of the German Empire before World War I. How Lewy arrived and fell in love with San Francisco Bay Area and influence it through his art is now revealed in a beautiful biography about his colorful paintings as well as his equally colorful style and personality. “Ted Lewy Biography” is a remarkable real life story that is truly a labor of love written by his cousins, Beatrice Bergerman and Julio Bergerman.
Schubin was less than a small town. It was more like a village with a river crossing right through the middle, with a group of small houses on one side of the river and a two story school with a red roof on the other side. The children had to cross a little wooden bridge every day to go to school. Many times a horse or two, pulling a wagon full of hay was almost occupying the entire bridge. This can be seen on many of the oil paintings that Lewy has done from memory of his childhood. On one, he even has two children with school packs on their back on the wooden bridge. Might they be Lewy and his older brother, Arthur?
After the end of the war, the Allies, at the Treaty of Versailles, established the League of Nations, and the Imperial German Government was made to pay reparation and give up parts of land under their control. This included ceding Upper Silesia to Czechoslovakia; Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France and Prussia to Poland. Thus, many Germans, including German Jews, went west to the mainland of Germany to settle there. The family of Lewy also moved back to Germany, to the city of Hamburg. Lewy was seven years old. He had a three year older brother, Arthur, and a year younger sister, Ruth.
In Hamburg, Lewy went to study one year grammar and nine years high school. He graduated and went two years to a business college. Then, he attended an art school for a year and a half, which may have been the system at that time. After schooling, he worked for a department store, designing window displays, making posters, and after some time, even managed to setup a small private studio. Some photographs of the German posters still exist.
Bringing together a beautiful city, a beloved’s life story, and breathtaking creativity, “Ted Lewy Biography” is a celebration of the tremendous accomplishments of an artist in his short life. Emphasizing his colorful personality which shaped San Francisco in the ‘50s, it is an appealing work for people who wish to remember the ‘50s, and most especially those who treasure and collect Lewy’s artwork and wish to understand the artist’s background.
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Ted Lewy Biography * by Beatrice Bergerman and Julio Bergerman Publication Date: October 14, 2013 Picture Book; $41.99; 76 pages; 978-1-4836-7705-7 Picture Book Hardcover; $51.99; 76 pages; 978-1-4836-7706-4 Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-7707-1
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