BORN: 1896 - Germany
DIED: Sept 9, 2016 - San Diego, CA
Born in 1896, Stelzner came to the United States from Germany.
When the artist was only fourteen in 1910, Carl Sandburg, at that time Secretary to the Mayor of Milwaukee, was presented with the impetuous and aspiring boy's picture of an American Indian on a pony -- Sandburg advised young Stelzner to work to achieve his goal of becoming an artist.
A year later he met Milwaukee painter Francesco Spicuzza (1883-1962), who had received advanced lessons from John F. Carlson at the Art Student League's Summer School at Woodstock. Spicuzza taught Stelzner plein air painting and how to handle impasto pigment. Stelzner went on to the Wisconsin School of Art where his teachers were Gustave Moeller (1881-1931) and Alexander Mueller (1872-1935), both of whom had studied at the Munich Academy. Stelzner also mentioned George Oberteuffer as one of his teachers, at the Milwaukee Art Institute. This painter was deeply influenced by Camille Pissarro, and some of the French aesthetic rubbed off on Stelzner's technique.
By the age of seventeen, young Stelzner took on a bohemian look, complete with flowing tie and long hair. Then at nineteen, in 1915, when American impressionism was at its height, he painted Late Summer, a remarkably pure impressionist canvas with broken color, forms drawn with th