“Going Home.” That phrase sounds sweeter to a submariner than the sailors of perhaps any other branch of the Navy.
Fine-drawn and weary from weeks of patrolling enemy waters, with death often just around the corner, the submarine man and his ship both need rest and “overhauling” when their mission is concluded. A dark, pencil-like shadow under lowering skies, the sub skims along on the surface while the night hides her from enemy eyes.
Schreiber, born in Brussels in 1904, began painting and drawing at an early age and went on to study art formally in Berlin, London, Rome, Paris, and Florence. He came to New York in 1928 and stayed for nine months before settling there permanently in 1933. In 1943, Schreiber produced several submarine themed works for the Abbot Collection of Submarine Paintings, collaborating with Thomas Hart Benton.