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Catalog Number 11928-37
Title Painting, Group of Soldiers Watching A Flying Plane, "Perfectly Calm", by Glen Fleischmann
Object Name Painting
Description Two illustrations in Grey scale and green paint. The upper proper left illustration is of a Two-Star General sitting at a desk covered with papers looking inquisitively to a woman wearing a black dress sitting in a chair next to the desk's right side. There is a soldier standing to the general's left holding a some papers in his left hand. The lower proper right illustration shows a group of three general issued soldiers crouching and watching a military plane fly by. One of the soldiers is pointing to the plane. A car is moving fast to opposite direction of the plane. The back view of a soldier's head is in the lower proper left corner with a cigarette in his mouth.
On the back of the board:
For Publication in The Saturday Evening Post
Title of Story Perfectly Calm
Artist Glen Fleischmann
No. C6832 No. of Pictures 2
Illustration published in:
Saturday Evening Post - June 17, 1944
"Perfectly Clam" by Murray Hoyt
Date 1944
Material Paper Board, Paint
Medium Gouache On Board
Artist Fleischmann, Glen
Height (in) 20.75
Width (in) 27.625
Depth (in) 0.125
People Fleischmann, Glen, 1909-1985
History Glen Fleischmann was born February 23, 1909 and grew up in Manley, Nebraska with his mother, father, and sisters, Rachel and Leda. He attended school in Ashland, Nebraska and later Louisville, Nebraska where he graduated high school in 1926. In July of 1929, Glen began attending the Vogue School of Art in Chicago, Illinois. On February 10, 1931, Glen married Evelyn Fitzpatrick of Weeping Water, Nebraska. Glen started his career at the Meyer Both Company, an advertising syndicate, in 1932. By 1937, he moved to New York working for Macy & Company illustrating fashion and began his long career as an illustrator in New York City, New York.
The first story he illustrated was in 1939 for Saturday Evening Post. Between 1943 and 1945, Glen was enlisted in the Army and assigned to the Department of Training Publications at the engineering school in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After the war, Glen continued to illustrate for Saturday Evening Post until 1948 when he switched to Collier's Weekly. Within his long career he's produced illustrations for other magazines including Good Housekeeping, Woman's Home Companion, The American Magazine, Liberty, Parents, This Week, and Nation's Business. He also continued advertisement illustrations for companies such as FORD Motor Company, General Foods, Erwin Mills, Good year, Bird's Eye Frosted Foods, TWA, Proctor & Gamble, and Nunn-Bush Shoe Company to name a few.
In the 1960s, Glen illustrated for Field & Streams and Sports Afield magazines illustrating hunting camping, boating, and fishing scenes. He also started writing books. In 1963, he wrote the book, "While Rivers Flow", which became a success when it first was published but lost a following when the publisher stopped its production. In his letters, Glen hinted at a possible movie deal with Hollywood but refused to get his hopes up after the book's lack of the continued success - which he blamed on the publisher. In 1971, he tried again with the book, "The Cherokee Removal, 1983: An Entire Indian Nation Is Forced Out of Its Homeland", with some success.
Glen became heavily involved in political issues and during the Watergate scandal wrote to President Nixon at least once a week showing his support for the president and even expressing his thoughts on many issues. Glen continued writing short stories and illustrating close up until his death March 10, 1985.
Credit line Evelyn Patrick Fleischmann, Bronxville, NY
Collection Fleischmann, Glen