David’s History Mystery

Ludwid Hirschfeld Mack

Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack: Boat, 1962
Monotype, 24.5 x 27.5 cm
Sold Deutscher-Menzies 2006, $2,400 IBP
Image and data Australian Art Sales Digest

During his visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales yesterday, David came across a painting by Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack … who? Exactly, an artist all too little known, yet the only Bauhaus student to end up in Australia. Sent here as an ‘enemy alien’ in 1940 from Britain, Hirschfeld Mack (1893-1965) had studied under the greats including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Johannes Itten in Weimar, and he was apprenticed to Lyonel Feininger as a print maker. The Klee influences in his print-making are obvious.

Hirschfeld Mack became an inspirational teacher to his students at Geelong Grammar School, and died at Allambie Heights on Sydney’s Northern Beachs in 1965. His works rarely appear at auction.

Read more on this remarkable artist at ADB online.

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Brigitte Banziger

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1 Comment

  1. […] Lot 100 – Ludwid Hirschfeld Mack, Untitled, 1963, est. $3,800-$4,500. Studied under Paul Klee. Read more about this artist […]

  2. Tracy Le Cornu says:

    Hi Dave,

    Have you seen the Hirshfeld Mack in Menzies’, 20th March auction? Lot 100.

    A lovely example from 1963.

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