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Michel Fingesten (1884-1943)

Biography of artist Michel Fingesten (1884-1943)

Michel Fingesten (1884-1943) (originally Michael Finkelstein) was born in 1884 in the village of Buckovice, Silesia, in the Habsburg Empire, which is now part of the Czech Republic. Fingesten was the son of a Czech-Jewish father and an Italian-Jewish mother. He died in 1943 in Cerisano, southern Italy, after the Allied liberation of the camp in which he had been interned since 1941.

Fingesten was one of the most original and productive graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th century. He is especially noted for his Surrealist and Cubist influenced prints and paintings that capture the darkening mood of Europe as it slid into the brutality and devastation associated with Fascism, Nazism and World War II.

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Lot FS15/240

Lot FS15/240: Michel Fingesten (1884-1943) - Two Naval Gentlemen Signed Bottom Right Michl Fingesten

Michel Fingesten (1884-1943) - Two naval gentlemen signed bottom right Michl Fingesten - mixed media on canvas board 315 x 295cm.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
Realised: £4,500

Lot FS15/239

Lot FS15/239: Michel Fingesten (1884-1943) - Conversationists

Michel Fingesten (1884-1943) - Conversationists - two gentlemen smoking, seated at a table with a drink signed bottom left Michl Fingesten mixed media on canvas board 225 x 295cm Biography: Michel Fingesten (originally Michl Finkelstein), was born in 1884in the village of Buckovice, Silesia, in the Habsburg Empire, now part of the Czech Republic. From a Czech-Jewish father and an Italian-Jewish mother, he died in 1943in Cerisano, southern Italy, after the Allied liberation of the camp in which he had been interned since 1941. He was one of the most original and productive graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th century. He is especially noted for his Surrealist and Cubist influenced prints and paintings that capture the darkening mood of Europe as it slides into the brutality and devastation associated with Fascism, Nazism and World War II.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
Realised: £3,800