Deployed to the Western Front at the onset of the First World War, Otto Schubert (b. 1892, Dresden, DE) painted some ninety military-issued Feldpostkarten
. Mostly addressed to his sweetheart, Irma, these miniature 4” x 6” works of art not only served as affectionate correspondences back home but also as a creative outlet for a young determined art student-turned-soldier who soundly recognized the importance of visually capturing what was an incomprehensible war.
A bizarre mixture of scenes from the trenches, countryside landscapes, and strangers’ portraits, Schubert’s postcard project is infused with layers of meaning. Depicting the personal experiences, mundanity, and horrendous realities of war, Schubert’s field postcards
are, as Dr. Irene Guenther writes, “both an intimate record of war and a powerful form of bearing witness to the conflict [...] deeply moving and illuminating because of the window they open onto the personal landscape of the Great War.“
A selection of prints of Schubert’s field postcards
will be on display until February 22, 2019.