Dr. Irene Guenther with Robert Cremins - POSTCARDS FROM THE TRENCHES

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Irene Guenther will be in conversation with Robert Cremins

Join us for an event with two professors from University of Houston in commemoration of the centennial of the end of the Great War.

German art student Otto Schubert was 22 years old when he was drafted into the Great War. As the conflict unfolded, he painted a series of postcards that he sent to his sweetheart, Irma. During the battles of Ypres and Verdun, Schubert filled dozens of military-issued 4” x 6” cards with vivid images depicting the daily realities and tragedies of war.

Beautifully illustrated with full-color reproductions of his exquisite postcards, as well as his wartime sketches, woodcuts, and two lithograph portfolios, Postcards from the Trenches is Schubert's war diary, love journal, and life story. His powerful artworks illuminate and document in a visual language the truths of war.

Postcards from the Trenches offers the first full account of Otto Schubert, soldier-artist of the Great War, rising art star in the 1920s, prolific graphic artist and book illustrator, one of the “degenerate” artists defamed by the Nazis, and a man shattered by the Second World War and the Cold War.

Created in the midst of enormous devastation, Schubert's haunting visual missives are as powerful and relevant today as they were a century ago. His postcards are both a young man's token of love and longing and a soldier's testimony of the Great War.

Irene Guenther is an Instructional Professor of modern European, American, and 20th-century genocide history in the Honors College at the University of Houston. Her book, Nazi "Chic"? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich, was awarded the Sierra Prize for Best History Book by a Female Historian by the Western Association of Women Historians and the Millia Davenport Award for Best Book in Fashion History by the Costume Society of America. She has written on art and politics in WWII-era Vichy France, "degenerate" art in the Third Reich, and the politics of fashion in Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War.

Robert Cremins teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston, where he directs the Creative Work program. Author of the novels A Sort of Homecoming and Send in the Devils, he also writes essays and short fiction.

Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier's Testimony of the Great War By Irene Guenther Cover Image
ISBN: 9781350015753
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Bloomsbury Visual Arts - November 1st, 2018