This is Ernst Troeger, my Great Grandfather (German). The past few weeks my Uncle has been sending me pictures he found from my grandfather’s collection of photos. I’ve heard stories about Ernst, but it makes it all so real to see actual photos.
Ernst was an illustrator (started the advertising firm Phillips & Troeger), who went to the Chicago Art Institute back in the day… and then brought himself to NYC. He was friends with the famous illustrator Norman Rockwell- and used to go fishing with him. These photos and stories are amazing to me… especially since this particular picture is exactly what I do in my own studio everyday. It’s crazy to think the process of illustrating is still so similar to how it was so long ago. It’s very refreshing to know there is still a job today (in this technology crazed world) that is not too far from the way it was in the past. It’s also pretty cool to know I’m so similar to my ancestors!
This is Ernst (far left) and a bunch of other artists smoking pipes around a fire. I love the pictures on the wall behind them… this photo is amazing!!
This is Ernst painting when he was older, and after he had started the advertising/illustration firm- Phillips & Troeger. The painting is incredible… and so strikingly similar to what I do in some ways. White background… with a character/girl! It’s also looks like a Norman Rockwell… doesn’t it??
These photos are beyond inspiring to me- I had to share. It would’ve been so cool to meet this guy…