Early altar design for St. Martin's Luthern church Austin (~1925)

Early altar design for St. Martin's Luthern church Austin (~1925)

Classical relief design-Austin History Center image

Classical relief design-Austin History Center image

Mantle design for Dr. Sam Key home-1935 -Austin History Center image

Mantle design for Dr. Sam Key home-1935 -Austin History Center image

Baroque mirror design

Baroque mirror design

Italianate grandfather clock design ~1930-Austin History Center image

Italianate grandfather clock design ~1930-Austin History Center image

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical sketch work by Mansbendel-UTSA Libraries special collection

Classical

Classical "Grandfather clock" design-Austin History Center image

Classical

Classical "Grandfather clock" design-Austin History Center image

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Peter Mansbendel Drawings

From as early as his time in primary school in Switzerland, Peter and all Swiss students took Free-hand drawing classes along with all the basics. Drawing is the foundation to all art and Peter was taught classical form and function in his drawings and he excelled at it.

Mansbendel stated this about drawing in America " Free-hand drawing is neglected here. In Europe, it is obligatory. Why here, they start building at the chimney instead of the foundation." It was his belief that drawing is the foundation of training in all art and that the rudiments of drawing should be taught in public schools as reading and writing are taught, for in no other way except drawing can a person thoroughly appreciate a masterpiece. "Drawing, modeling, and carving are so interdependent", declared Mansbendel."that a woodcarver should be able to draw well, and to model in clay. Mansbendel strict adherence to the fundamentals of his art strengthened the vigorous execution of his designs. To a student using his studio he urged, "Don't be afraid, don't be timid!" Peter never hesitated, and yet everything he did it was with sureness, deftness, and the skill of a perfect craftsman.

I'm sure this ability helped him achieve his success in sculpting and carving. The Austin History Center and the University of Texas-San Antonio -Institute of Texas Cultures has many examples of his fine graphite work.

"Talent lies in the power of the imagination" -Peter Mansbendel
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