The Feathers of the Sun
oil on canvas
13'' x 30''
Fischer, Anton Otto

Marine artist Anton Fischer was born in Munich, Germany in 1882. As a young man, he ran away to spend eight years on a variety of sailing ships. Fischer left the ships in New York to apply for American citizenship and served as a hand on racing yachts in Long Island Sound. For extra income, the artist worked as a model and handyman for illustrator A. B. Frost.

After saving enough money, Fischer spent two years at the Academie Julian in Paris under the tutelage of Jean Paul Laurens. His success as an artist began when Fischer sold his first painting to Harper's Weekly which led to more commissions, including illustrations for a series of Jack London stories in Everybody's Magazine. In 1910, Fischer started a forty-eight year association with The Saturday Evening Post illustrating such stories as Kyne's "Cappy Ricks," Gilpatrick's "Glencannon," as well as series for Kenneth Roberts, Nordoff, and Hall.

It has been said of Fischer's work that it is as authentic as only a working sailor could make it. During World War II, Fischer was given the rank of "artist laureate" for the United States Coast Guard. The resulting pictures are now in the Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.

In 1947, Fischer wrote and illustrated a book about his sailing years entitled, Fo'c'sle Days published by Charles Scribner's & Sons.

His paintings can be seen in the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Kendall Whaling Museum.