Sunday, 7 February 2016

Arthur Segal: vom Strande

Segal, Arthur Aron 

(Jassey, Romania 13-07-1875 – 23-06-1944 London)

Jewish painter and printmaker. 

I discovered this very nice set of woodblock prints by chance in the Internet  and it made me wishing it was summer. They are executed almost like drawings in an enviable loose and "easy" style. Nice for sharing in midwinter.    


 ....., what if: they would be still available, for "Eine Mark" only ?

Arthur Segal was the son of a Jewish banker from Rumania and settling in Berlin in 1892 studied with Eugen Bracht (1842-1921) and in Munich Academy with Ludwig Schmidt-Reutte (1863-1909) and Friedrich Fehr (1862-1927). He marries his cousin Ernestine in 1904 and the couple became very active in the artist scene was among the founders of the Berlin “Neue Secession” (opposing Max Liebermanns cs. opposing Berlin Secession) traveling to Paris 1910-1911.

After the outbreak of WW1 he fled to Ascona (Swiss Lago Maggiore) and started a painting school which became a meeting point for German exiled artists: Hans (Jan) Arp (1886-1966), Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938), Alexej Jawlenski (1864-1941) etc…  taking part with these Dadaists in Cabaret Voltaire, an avant-garde cabaret, in Zurich. 

He returned to Berlin in 1920 and in 1919 became a member, and chairman, of the “Novembergruppe” exhibiting 1921-1925 and 1927-31. He ran a painting school in Berlin Charlottenburg 1920-1933 which also became a centre for artists. With Otto Dix (1891-1969), George Grosz (1893-1959) and Kate Kollwitz (1867-1945) he was politically active urging him to flee with his family to London in 1933 founding the Arthur Segal Painting School which was in existence until 1977. He died in London in the Blitz. His son is Arthur Segal (1907-1985) a leading London architect. 

And he visited the Danish island of Bornholm, located at the southern tip of Sweden in the Baltic scratching together all pictures from Google for this Blog article 

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only. 

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