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Lived/Active: Israel/Poland      Known for: book illustration, figure and landscape painting

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Abba Fenichel (1906 – 1986) (1)

Abba Fenichel was born in the town of Mielec, Poland, in November 1906. His artistic bent was already evident in his childhood; he painted and also played the violin, and eventually attended the Art Academy of Krakow. Fenichel spent the years of the Second World War in the USSR, involved in painting, music, and the theatre.

In 1945 he returned to Poland, where he illustrated books and was appointed Chief Illustrator for the Jewish Historical Committee's publications branch. Following an exhibition in Krakow, several of his works were acquired by the art collection of the national museum there.

In early 1948, Fenichel sailed to Mandate Palestine aboard the illegal immigration ship She'ar Yashuv, and with his fellow passengers was interned in a British detention camp on Cyprus. There he organized art workshops and exhibitions. While on Cyprus he made many drawings and paintings depicting daily life in the illegal immigrants' camps.

Upon his immigration to Israel, Fenichel settled in Tel Aviv. In 1949 he commenced art studies in the Teacher Training Seminary in Tel Aviv, while teaching courses for the Popular University and the Tel Aviv Museum. Besides these activities, the daily Davar published many of Fenichel's drawings of productions staged by the Tel Aviv theatres Habimah, Ha - Ohel, and the Cameri. He illustrated the colored front page of Davar for Children and provided illustrations and sketches for the Davar weekend supplement until his retirement in 1974. Abba Fenichel died in 1986.

Fenichel's artworks depicting the landscapes and people of Israel have been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad, and are featured in many private and public collections, among these the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum, the Ghetto Fighters' House museum, and the Mishkan LeOmanut Museum of Art at Ein Harod.

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Courtesy, The Ghetto Fighters' House Museum Archives – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum, Western Galilee, Israel.

Footnote:

(1) Several prominent sources state that Fenichel died in 1968; however, Zvi Oren, Director, Photo Archives and Judy Grossman, both of the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum, confirmed that Fenichel died in 1986 (email dated October 10, 2012). Oren added, “In 1968, 1970, 1975 and 1980 he [Fenichel] published albums of drawings, and children's books illustrated by him were published in 1985.” – MDS

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke.


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