Eugene C. Fitsch

American , 1892 - 1972

Eugene Fitsch was born in Alsace- Lorraine, France, December 11, 1892 and came to the United States at the age of 21. His work was critically acclaimed and collected by many museums during his lifetime. Trained as a bookbinder, he worked at the Buffalo Public Library and received his first art training at the Albright Art Gallery. He was awarded a one-year scholarship to the Art Students League and studied painting and sculpture and later printmaking under Mahonri Young. In 1924 he replaced Young as a teacher of etching and lithography at the League. He founded the American Artists School in 1936. The lithograph, “Unemployed, Union Square” was issued as a benefit for this school.

Fitsch was a successful theater set painter, set designer and scenic artist. In many cases, his images are behind the scenes views of Broadway and Off- Broadway plays. His subjects included the actors and dancers of the day such as Harold Kreutzberg, Martha Graham, and Charles Weidman. In the summer of 1930 he began a along association as a designer for the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, working with many leading actors of the day. Fitsch’s editions are very small, often not exceeding thirty impressions.

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