Art Brokerage: Greta Schreyer Austrian Artist: b. 1917. Greta Schreyer was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of a master goldsmith. Following her father's dreams she became a master goldsmith by the age of 18 before being forced by the Nazi occupation to emigrate to the United States in 1938. Settling in New York City, Schreyer attempted to paint her new surroundings, but the trauma of losing both of her parents in concentration camps provoked her instead to begin painting scenes from memory of the Austrian countryside. The destruction of the world of Polish Jewry, seen in the infernos of these synagogues, was part of the massive devastation that exiled her. Schreyer's work has shown widely in Europe and in New York.