In the spring of 2018 the ‘Village Trumpeter’, as well as ‘Girl in Tyrolean Costume’ were donated to Schloss Bruck, the Museum of the town of Lienz in East Tyrol by Frau Inge Goller, widow of George Jaeger’s childhood friend Dr. Günther Goller - who had been given these paintings in gratitude for his generosity and kindness during George's visit to Vienna in 2017. It was Dr. Goller’s wish that these paintings, as well as a third work, ’Sillian, an Austrian Village’, become part of the patrimony of East Tyrol, where he was born and raised.
Their return to Sillian, where they are currently being shown, was the occasion of a major celebration there on March 13, 2019, at which the Mayors of Lienz and Sillian, as well as the Director of Museum Schloss Brick, Ms Silvia Ebener, spoke movingly to a large audience of Fredrick Jaeger's life and work, as an Austrian artist and then as a refugee who found a new life in America. George Jaeger, his son, participated via Skype from Middlebury, Vermont, in an interview with his good friend Peter Unterweger who had done so much to make these festivities possible. The event was widely reported in the press with extensive illustrated articles. The paintings will be shown at Schloss Bruck, famous for its Egger-Lienz collection, in later exhibitions.
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