Schulz had a protector, a Nazi officer who coerced him to create painted murals for his child's nursery. The murals were discovered by a documentary filmmaker in 2001 and displayed in New York earlier this year. The damage they suffered coupled with the Romanesque subject matter gives them the appearance of unearthed frescoes from Pompeii.
In reading Grossman's article (translated from Hebrew) which includes two eye-witness accounts of Schulz's death by former students of his, he touches on Schulz's curiosity about the "Age of Genius". Did it ever happen? Will it ever happen? How will we know? Has it passed? And in doing so, Grossman makes an exceptionally poignant and beautifully articulated remark about what such an "Age of Genius" would mean, rather than the tragically ensuing "Age of Destruction" that instead took place during Schulz's life:
An age in which everyone understands that killing a person destroys a singular work of art, which can never be replicated.
The New Yorker: The Age of Genius
NYT: Painting Under Coercion & Behind Fairy Tale Drawings
Previously on D+R: The Drawings of Bruno Schulz