A.D. GREER (1904 - 1998)
Joseph Amadeus Fleck was born in the village of Sziklos, in Austro-Hungary, in 1892. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Institute of Applied Arts) in Vienna, where he studied lithography, etching and engraving. Afterwards, he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, where he studied under two teacher, Hans Tichi and Rudolph Bacher, who were members of the Austrian Succession Group that included Gustav Klimt.
World War came in 1914, and Fleck was drafted into the Army a year later and deployed to the Italian front. His artistic skills earned him an unofficial position as the regimental artist. Upon his return to Vienna after his first tour of duty, he was given a position painting patriotic images and portraits of notable government and military figures. There after, Fleck continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. He eventually immigrated to the United States.