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This painting was done by Franz Bacher, a German POW in Camp Houlton during WWII. Many of the POWs did artwork to pass the time but Franz Bacher was a accomplished artist.
With some American money and a civilian coat, Franz escaped from a New Hampshire POW camp. Prison officials found a note on his bed, "I am going to escape today. The reason I am doing this is I live for my art. If I continue to cut wood, my hands will become so mutilated that I will be unable to paint. If I can’t paint, I can do nothing"
He was eventually recaptured and this time sent to Camp Houlton and released at the end of the war.
Franz Bacher went on to have a long and successful career as an artist.
About This Item
- Title: Seaside vista, Houlton, ca. 1945
- Creator: Franz Bacher
- Creation Date: circa 1945
- Subject Date: circa 1945
- Location: Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
- Media: Oil painting
- Dimensions: 53.3 cm x 76.2 cm
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Prisoners of war--German--Maine--Houlton
- Still life paintings
- United States. Army--Facilities--Maine--Houlton
- World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners
- Air Base
- Ark work
- Art Work
- Camp Houlton
- Military Base
- Oil painting
- prisoner of war
For more information about this item, contact:Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730
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