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Eichenberg, Fritz

October 24, 1901 – November 30, 1990   A student of the Academy of Graphic Arts in Leipzig, Eichenberg became a world-class printmaker and illustrator. He summered in Squam on Nantucket and exhibited at the AAN Gallery and the Main Street Gallery. He retired in 1971 and concentrated on narrative cycles with social commentary. He headed the art department at the Pratt Institute and started the ADLIB Press, as well as Artist's Proof, a printmaking magazine He had exhibitions at the Kenneth Taylor Galleries in July 1980, which included all of the "Fables with a Twist" portfolio, and at the Main Street Gallery in August 1985. Reggie Levine donated two portfolios of Eichenberg's prints from the Main Street Gallery Collection, Fables with a Twist and Desiderius Erasmus, in 2013. ----- Eichenberg became a world-class printmaker after an apprenticeship at a German printing shop, where he learned the basics of lithography. During this time, he sketched his surroundings and captured the essential elements of a situation through sharp observation. Desiring to further his artistic training, Eichenberg enrolled in the Academy of Graphic Arts in Leipzig and found a mentor in Professor Hugo Steiner-Prag. His professor, a central figure in 20th-century European book illustration, introduced the art of book illustration to Eichenberg. On a magazine illustration assignment in 1933, Fritz brought his family to New York and did not return to Nazi Germany. Eichenberg began teaching wood engraving at the New School for Social Research, and he created images for the Federal Arts Project and The Nation. He headed the art department at the Pratt Institute and started the ADLIB Press, as well as Artist’s Proof, a printmaking magazine. In 1949 he became an illustrator for Dorothy Day’s newspaper, The Catholic Worker. He also illustrated many classic works of literature by the Brontë sisters, Swift, Poe, and Russian novels like Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Fritz summered in Squam on Nantucket and exhibited at AAN and the Main Street Gallery. He retired in 1971 and concentrated on narrative cycles with social commentary. Reggie Levine donated two complete print portfolios of Eichenberg’s social commentary, Fables with a Twist and Desiderius Erasmus, to the Permanent Collection. Eichenberg held an exhibition at the Kenneth Taylor Galleries in July 1980, which included all of the Fables with a Twist portfolio, and at the Main Street Gallery in August 1985.
  • - Robert Frazier