Seaside vista, Houlton, ca. 1945

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Seaside vista, Houlton, ca. 1945

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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.

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  • Title: Seaside vista, Houlton, ca. 1945
  • Creator: Franz Bacher
  • Creation Date: circa 1945
  • Subject Date: circa 1945
  • Location: Camp Houlton, Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Oil painting
  • Dimensions: 53.3 cm x 76.2 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730

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