Biografie von Ernest FIENE (1894-1965)

Birth place: Elberfeld, Germany

Death place: Paris, France

Addresses: NYC; Southbury, CT

Profession: Painter, etcher, lithographer, teacher

Studied: NAD, with Leon Kroll; BAID; ASL, and in France, Germany and Italy

Exhibited: McDowell Club, NYC, 1919 (first solo, watercolors); Soc. Indp. A.,1920, 1922-26, 1941; Salons of Am., 1922-25, 1927, 1930-34, 1936; Whitney Studio Club, 1923 (solo); WMAA annuals, 1923-55; New Gallery, NYC, 1924; Corcoran Biennial, 1930-49 (prize, 1939); Carnegie Inst., 1930-38, 1939 (prize), 1940 (medal), 1941 (prize), 1942-45; AIC, 1928, 1930-33, 1936-37 (prize), 1939-42, 1945; PAFA, 1930-52; LOC, 1940, 1944, 1946 (prize)

Member: NA (corresponding secretary); ASL (life member); AEA (honorary pres.); Int. Inst. Arts & Letters (fellow); Salons of Am.; Am. Soc. PS&G; Am. Artists Congress; Century Assn.; Guggenheim Fellow, 1932; Woodstock AA

Work: MMA; MoMA; WMAA; BM; NYPL; PAFA; BMFA; AIC; Detroit IA; CM; CMA; LACMA; Newark (NJ) Mus. Art; LOC; Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection; CAM; SFMA; FMA; Denver AM; PMG; Swope Gal. Art; Ohio State Univ., Columbia Univ., Yale Univ.; Mia Collection, Japan; Tel Aviv Mus., Israel; Harrison Gal., Hamilton Easter Field Fnd. WPA murals: USPO, Canton, MA; Dept. Interior Bldg., Wash., DC; Needle Trades H.S., NY; Abraham Lincoln H.S., NY; Woodstock AA

Comments: He came to the U.S. in 1912, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1927. From 1920 until the early 1930s he lived part-time at Woodstock, NY, as part of artistic community that included his brother, Paul Fiene. He had a successful large one-man show at the Whitney Studio Club in 1923, followed by seventeen exhibitions in New York City as well as in many other cities. He also painted on Monhegan Island (ME). Illustrator: Philida & Coridon, 1927, Phaeton, Son of Apollo, 1929. Author: Painting in Oils,1964. Positions: Sch. Art Studies, NYC, 1945-46; Fashion Inst. , 1944-46; supervisor faculty, Famous Artists Schools, 1955-65; lectures and seminars, Greensboro College, 1958. Teaching: Westchester County Center, NY, 1930-31; CUA School, 1938-39; ASL,1938-42 (and later).

Sources: WW59; Note: his death date is in dispute: Woodstock's Art Heritage, 86-87, cites death date as 1965, while Anthony S. White, Burlingame, CA, cites death date as 1978 in Paris. See also WW47; Curtis, Curtis, and Lieberman, 182; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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