Ernest Fiene


Member of Woodstock Artists colony, Fiene studied at the NAD, Art Students League and Beaux Arts Institute. Like many of his peers at Woodstock including Konrad Cramer, Andrew Dasburg, Charles Rosen, Emil Ganso and Henry Lee McPhee, Fiene adopted Precisionism to the realistic scenes he painted. “These artists found Precisionist structures within the Woodstock landscape which they interpreted through pattern, rhythm, line, and shape. The resulting paintings showed buildings constructed of flat, angular planes nestled among volumetric rolling hills or industrial sites connected to the Hudson River.” (See excellent D. Wigmore essay for more on this subject.)

Fiene also painted an “ironic” series of florals, mostly of poppies, which have a strong surrealistic message the longer they are examined.

His work is held in the MOMA, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Whitney, Art Institute of Chicago and numerous other museums. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a member of the NAD.

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Ernest Fiene
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c. 1925

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