Schwabisch Hall

This 1961 field sketch recently came back into our hands from a Pennsylvania Gallery going out of business.  It instantly refreshes happy memories of our life together.  After our wedding,  Sue and I returned to my alma mater Marietta College in Ohio where I had been named Art Department Head.  We were given the summer off to enjoy a pleasant drive circling down from Paris to Florence and then back up to Bavaria  where we hoped to visit Sue’s brother George, stationed at Schwabisch Hall.  As on any characteristic day,  Sue enjoyed the city center while I took a few hours to do one of my ‘field sketches’  like this one, the medieval “St. Michaels at Schwabisch Hall. ”   I felt challenged to capture in such short order the spirit of a beautiful, long, and complex tradition.  This painting resumes a warm companionship with one we’ve long enjoyed which I had done a few days later on the same trip,  “Street Scene at Innsbruck.”  

Charles Peterson Old Art