The Unkown Michel Fingesten

Catalogue for the exhibition the same name the Museum's Guttmann Gallery, one of the most well-known graphic artists in pre-war Berlin who is almost forgotten today. Michel Fingesten (1884–1943) was born in Silesia. Soon after beginning his art studies in Vienna in 1900 he left for America, where he travelled and made a living by drawing illustrations for newspapers. After returning to Europe in 1907 he studied with Franz Stuck in Munich. He then set off to Asia, where he spent four years on the eastern seas. In 1911 he was briefly in Paris, later settling in Berlin, where he began to focus intensively on graphic art. He soon became a well-known artist, and his works were often exhibited and acclaimed for their originality. After his work had been designated as ‘degenerate art’ in 1933, Fingesten moved to Milan, where he organized exhibitions and produced work that reflected ironically on the Nazi regime in Germany. Being of Jewish descent, he was sent to the Civitella del Tronto internment camp in 1940 and was later interned in Ferramonti di Tarsia. He died of an infection in Cosenza on 8 October 1943, a few days after it was liberated by the British Army.

Jewish Museum in Prague, 2008
Arno Pařík
ISBN 978-80-86889-70-2
paperback book, 36 pp., 21 x 22 cm, English

Price: 2,61 €
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