Lot 21. Sigmund MENKÈS (Galician, 1896-1986). Odalisque au tambourin, signed ‘Menkes’ (lower right), oil on canvas, 54 x 65cm (21 1/4 x 25 9/16in). Painted c. 1930, unframed. Estimate 6,000 – 8,000 GBP. Bonhams. 03/03/21
Dwa międzywojenne oleje Zygmunta Menkesa. Jeśli pojawią się w Polsce to będą znacznie droższe.
Lot 22. Sigmund MENKÈS (Galician, 1896-1986), Bethsabée, signed ‘Menkes’ (lower right), oil on canvas
61 x 38cm (24 x 14 15/16in). Painted in 1925
Peintres Juifs de l’École de Paris 1905-1939, Éditions Denoël, Paris, 2000, p. 241.
Jewish Artists of the school of Paris 1905-1939, Somogy éditions d’Art, Paris, 2015, p. 239.
In 1912, Menkès started his studies at the Institute of Decorative Arts in Lwow (Lemberg) where he met artist Alfred Aberdam. To financially support himself, he worked as a construction painter while at the same time he studied the fresco technique and worked on the restoration of Orthodox churches. In 1919, Menkès enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Krakow and joined, in 1922, Alexander Archipenko’s studio in Berlin. After his studies, he moved to Paris in the district of Montparnasse, where he shared a room with Weingart. He further pursued his studies at Douanier Rousseau’s former studio. In the second half of the 1920s, Menkès married Stanislawa Théodora Weiss, known as Stasia. She posed for him as well for other artists like Léopold Gottlieb and Raymond Kanelba. From 1930, he exhibited his work in Paris, Lwow, Toronto, and New York where he settled in 1935.
Menkès received a series of important distinctions for his work, including the Carol H. Beck Medal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, 1943), the Gold Medal of the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, D.C., 1947), the Andrew Carnegie Award of the National Academy of Design (New York, 1955), and the Alfred Jurzykowski Award (New York, 1967). Estimate 6,000 – 8,000 GBP. Bonhams. 03/03/21