Ernest Fiene


This work is one of a series of richly ironic, subtly surrealistic florals, mostly of poppies but sometimes thistles, Fiene painted likely in the early 1940s. Deceptively simple, this appears to be a traditional still-life, but structure and placement suggests otherwise: the structure is angular and certainly not lush; the title suggests that the lush blue background is the sky, but is it; and the arrangement is placed off center on what might be the table. It would seem that the painting’s incongruities are part of an elaborate conceit arranged by the artist and left for the viewer to assemble.

Fiene was a member of the NAD, studied at the Art Students League, NAD and Beaux Artes Institute. His work is held in numerous museums including the MOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney, Boston Museum of Fine Art and numerous other institutions. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Ernest Fiene
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c. 1940

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