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Sigmund Menkes

 (1896 - 1986)
Sigmund Joseph Menkes was active/lived in New York / Poland.  Sigmund Menkes is known for abstract figure, still life and interior painting.

Sigmund Menkes

Biography from Agra Art S.A.

Beginning from the year 1918 Zygmunt Menkes studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. He spent the year 1922 in Berlin and in 1923 moved to Paris. He kept in touch with the country and in 1931 he became member of the Krakow “Zwornik” group. In 1935 he moved to the United States. Menkes is one of the most valued representatives of the international society of Ecole de Paris. He usually painted figures, portraits, interiors, landscapes and from the 30’s on Holocaust and war themed pieces.

Biography from Shapiro Auctions LLC
Born in 1896 in Lvov, Poland, Menkes lived and worked after the First World War in Berlin and Paris, to where he moved in 1923. He emigrated to the United States in 1935, settling in New York City.

Menkes studied at the Lvov Higher Institute of Art and the Krakow Academy of Fine Art in Poland. He was a life fellow of the International Insititute of Arts and Letters and a member of the Woodstock Artists Association; the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (President 1942-43); the National Academy of Design, New York; and the Societe des Independants, Salon d'Automne, and Societe du Salon des Tuilleries in Paris.

Menkes exhibited widely, including at the Corcoran Gallery Biennials (1939-57, received Gold Medal), Washington, D.C; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annuals (1941-66, received Gold Medal), Philadelphia; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; the University of Nebraska; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; American University, Washington, D.C.; State University of Iowa; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Cornelius Sullivan Galleries, New York; Durand-Ruel Gallery; Association of American Artists; Art Institute of Chicago; National Institute of Arts and Letters; Audubon Artists; Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences; Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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About  Sigmund Menkes

Born:  1896 - Lwow, Poland
Died:   1986
Known for:  abstract figure, still life and interior painting