Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Self-portrait as a Sailor, 1925

Lot 9. Zygmunt MENKES (Lvov 1896 – New-York 1986). Self-portrait as a Sailor, 1925. Oil on canvas. 73 x 60 cm. Signed and dated lower left “Menkes 1925. Estimate 25,000 – 35,000 euro. Millon. 05/04/21

Autoportret Zygmunta Menkesa niemal jak fotografia! Wczesna praca artysty. Więcej w opisie katalogowym.

Zygmunt Menkes, was born in Lwow (Poland) in 1896 and spent his childhood in an environment that he himself defined as sad. He escapes through his imagination by drawing. In 1914, he started studying at the Art Institute of his native town. In 1919, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and left for Berlin three years later. He realized that he had to go to Paris and finally arrived there in 1923. After a year, without resources, he was forced to return to Poland. He returned to Paris the same year with the firm intention of staying.
He appears at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants from 1924 to 1927. He exhibited from 1926 until 1951 at the Salon des Tuileries. Menkes became one of the most original and important painters of the Ecole de Paris. In 1935, he moved to New York where he participated in numerous exhibitions, gained public recognition and received awards. He exhibited in Paris, Warsaw, Lviv, Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, Toronto. His works are in the collections of the following New York museums: Museum of Art; Jewish Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art in Jerusalem, the National Museum in Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art in Lodz and the Centre Pompidou.

Zygmunt Menkes portrays himself here as a sailor in the centre of the composition. Every summer, the painter goes to the South of France to paint. He is particularly fond of the coastal towns of the Var and especially Sanary-sur-Mer. Zygmunt Menkes is passionate about self-portraits; he represents himself alone, accompanied, as a musician, with his palette, inventing situations, playing with his moods and the viewer. From his self-portraits emerges a mischievous, deep and joyful personality.


Czytelnik (K. K.) przysłał mi link do tej pracy, sprzedanej w Izraelu w 20219 roku za $20.060. Dziękuję. https://tiroche.co.il/product/preAuctions?prodId=280&auctionId=172&lang=english (04/20/21)

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Musician (Serenade)

Zygmunta Menkesa bardzo dobry szkic tuszem.

Lot 49. Sigmund Joseph Menkes Polish/American, 1896-1986. Musician (Serenade). Signed Menkes (lr)
Ink on paper, 15 1/4 x 13 7/8 inches. Estimate $400 – 600. Doyle. 03/31/21

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986) ?

Zygmunt Menkes. Tete de femme

Kolorystyka Menkesa lecz nich ktoś mi udowodni, że ta praca wyszła spod jego pędzla! Zwykle słyszę w takich przypadkach, że to jest słabszy obraz danego malarza a jak pan nie wierzy to zaraz przygotujemy certyfikat autentyczności. Nie mam natomiast watpliwości co do autentycznosci kilku prac Władysława Chmielińskiego z tego samego katalogu Hampla. Te jednak przerzucone będą do Polski by mamiły w galeriach i domach aukcyjnych zagubione osoby z gotówką, bo na pewno nie kolekcjonerów.

Lot 909. Öl auf Leinwand. 65 x 54 cm. Rechts unten signiert, verso auf Etikett signiert und betitelt „Tete de femme“. Ungerahmt. Estimate 15,000 – 18,000 euro. Hampel. 03/25-26/21

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Odalisque au tambourin

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. Sold for £ 17,750 (US$ 24,700) inc. premium

Dwa międzywojenne oleje Zygmunta Menkesa. Jeśli pojawią się w Polsce to będą znacznie droższe.

Zygmunt Menkes. Bethsabée, 1925

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
Literature
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. Sold for £ 19,000 (US$ 26,440) inc. premium

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. The painter’s palette

Lot 26. Zygmunt MENKES (Lviv 1896 – New York 1986). The painter’s palette. Oil on canvas, 92 x 74 cm. Signed in the middle right “Menkes”. On the back, on the stretcher, handwritten indications in white chalk “Pechon Av. Foch”. Estimate 15,000 – 20,000 euro. Millon. 11/10/20

Aż trzy oleje Menkesa z lat 20-tych XX wieku u Millona, wszystkie bardzo ciemne, w brązach. Jeden z nich, Portret rodzinny jest sprzedawany jako (chyba) najdroższy do tej pory obraz tego artysty. Bardzo silna promocja tej pracy, choć zdecydowanie ciekawsza dla mnie jest Paleta artysty, również droga, choć nie znaczona tak silnym pierwiastkiem żydowskim jak te pozostałe. Menkes jest dla mnie mistrzem współczenej martwej natury.

Zygmunt Menkes. The family

Lot 25. Zygmunt MENKES (Lviv 1896- New York 1986). The family. Painted in 1928. Oil on canvas, 130 x 97 cm. Signed lower left “Menkes”
Provenance: Former Niko Mazaraki collection, Private collection, Paris.
Exhibition: L’art Polonais Moderne, 19 October – 8 November, Galerie Bonaparte, Paris, 1929, reproduced p.59.

Bibliography: E. TERIADE, Menkes, Edition le Triangle, 1932, reproduced. Avram Kampf, Jewish experience in the Art of the twentieth century, 1984, reproduced p.185.
Zygmunt Menkes, born in Lwow (Poland) in 1896, spent his childhood in an environment that he himself defines as sad. He escapes through imagination by drawing. In 1914 he began studying at the Art Institute in his native town. In 1919, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and left for Berlin three years later. He understood that he had to go to Paris and finally arrived there in 1923. After a year, without resources, he is forced to return to Poland. He returned to Paris the same year with the firm intention of staying there. He appeared at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants from 1924 to 1927. He exhibited from 1926 until 1951 at the Salon des Tuileries. Menkes became one of the most original and important painters of the Ecole de Paris.  In 1935, he moved to New York where he participated in numerous exhibitions, gained public recognition and received awards. He exhibited in Paris, Warsaw, Lviv, Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, Toronto. His works are in the collections of the following New York museums: Museum of Art; Jewish Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jerusalem Museum of Art, the National Museum of Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art in Lodz and the Centre Pompidou.
E. Tériade, the famous art critic, whose real name was Eleftheriadis, born in Lesbos, Greece, noticed the artist during one of his exhibitions in Paris. Tériade introduces the painter to a Greek millionaire, dealer and collector: Nico Mazaraki. The latter becomes his agent; he allocates him a fixed monthly sum and selects for himself a number of works by Menkes. The work presented here comes from the Nico Mazaraki collection.
The artist portrays himself here at the centre of the composition surrounding a group of four young Talmudists. Throughout his life, the artist has been passionate about self-portraiture; he portrays himself alone, accompanied, as a musician, with his palette, inventing situations, playing with his moods and the viewer. The painter offers a world of softness and gaiety lulled by lyricism. A variant of this painting measuring (65×54 cm) is kept in the Philadelphia Museum (donated by Bernard Davis in 1950). Estimate 50,000 – 60,000 euro. Millon. 11/10/20

Zygmunt Menkes. Tora, father and son

Lot 30. Zygmunt MENKES (Lviv 1896 – New York 1986). Tora, father and son. Circa 1927. Oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm. Signed in the middle left “Menkes”. Estimate 6,000 – 8,000 euro. Millon. 11/10/20

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. The Artist and Model

To jest jeden z przykładów o jakich myślałem pisząc o Jakubie Cukierze: prace Menkesa zawsze mnie zatrzymają.

Lot 259. Zygmunt Menkes. The Artist and Model, Mixed media on paper, 43X35 cm. Signed. Estimate $1,500 – 2,000. Tiroche. 01/25/20

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Nude woman seated on couch in Music room

Myślę, że albo Zygmunt Menkes mial słabszy dzień twórczy albo …(strach napisać o alternatywie). Skłaniałbym się (z ociąganiem) do słabszego dnia. Nie jest to jednak olej i stąd może moje zakłopototanie.

Lot 244. Sigmund Menkes. Mid-Century Modern Polish Painting. Nude woman seated on couch in Music room. Watercolor / Gouache painting. Signed and framed. Size: image 12 in. x 15 in., outer frame 19 in. x 22 in. Estimate $500 – 2,500. Donny Malone Auctions. 12/30/19

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Les Roses Rouges

Wybór prac Menkesa na rynku jest doprawdę duży. Dlatego, jeśli komuś nie odpowiada ta bardzo ciemna kolorystycznie martwa natura z różami (może to sprawa jedynie fotografii?) to niech poczeka na nastepną pracę.

Lot 19. Zygmunt Sigmond Menkes, Polish 1896-1986- ‘Les Roses Rouges’; oil on canvas, signed lower left, 49 x 64cm, (ARR) Provenance: Lucien Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris; Galerie Barreiro Stiebel, Paris; Redfern Gallery, London; Boundary Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner Exhibited: ‘Russian Emigré Artists in Paris,’ Redfern Gallery, London, 1 December 1953 – 9 January 1954 no.66 (ils). Estimate £3,000 – £5,000. Roseberys. 12/04/19

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. Still Life with Table

Rzetelnie wyceniona martwa natura Menkesa. Sporo jego prac wypływa w USA i te w większości są kupowane przez amerykańskich klientów. Dom aukcyjny Doyle to dobre źródło jego prac – artysta mieszkał stosunkowo niedaleko.

Lot 1085. Sigmund Joseph Menkes Polish/American, 1896-1986. Still Life with Table. Signed Menkes (ll). Ink and gouache on illustration board, 22 x 30 inches. Estate of Ruth Schapira. Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000. Doyle. 11/19/19

Zygmunt Menkes (1896 – 1986)

Zygmunt Menkes. WOMAN WITH MANDOLIN

Prac Menkesa jest również pod dostatkiem na rynku (na dzień dzisiejszy aż trzy oleje). Był to dość płodny i dobry malarz. W widełkach $5,000 – 15,000 można sobe wybrać w USA pracę jaka najbardziej będzie pasowała do kolekcji. W Polsce te same prace są sporo droższe. Kupujcie w USA byleby z dobrego źródła!

Lot 75. ZYGMUNT MENKES Polish 1896 – 1986. WOMAN WITH MANDOLIN, signed Menkes (lower right), oil on canvasboard, 16¼ by 13 in., 41.5 by 33 cm. Estimate $6,000 – 8,000. Sotheby’s. 11/21/19