Painting of Mont Saint Michel, ca. 1945

Contributed by Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum


This picture was painted by Franz Bacher a very artistically inclined German POW.

Franz escaped from a New Hampshire POW camp, found his way to New York where he lived and slept in Central Park. He painted and sold pictures to passersby making enough money to feed himself. Many paintings were of what he saw around him in New York and many were of his home land of Austria.

Art stores were notified of his presence and an alert art store clerk in Union Square spotted him and he was captured by the FBI and then turned over to the Army, he was later sent to the Houlton POW camp.

This piece titled "Mont Saint Michel", was painted for the Commander of the POW camp in Houlton.

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About This Item

  • Title: Painting of Mont Saint Michel, ca. 1945
  • Creator: Franz Bacher
  • Creation Date: circa 1945
  • Subject Date: circa 1945
  • Locations:
    • Mont-Saint-Michel, FR
    • Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Oil painting
  • Dimensions: 30 cm x 40 cm
  • Local Code: N-88
  • Object Type: Image

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

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