Oil on canvas large painting of an interior, 40" by 30", approximately 46" by 34" in white frame, signed at lower right by the artist ERWIN WENDING (1914-1993), and dated there "58". The image and colors used are rather expressionist, in the manner typical of the few Wending works that have appeared on the market. According to an online biography, Wending was born in Freiberg, Germany in 1914, the year in which World War One began. After completing art studies at the Dresden Art Academy in 1937, Wending emigrated to Israel. By 1939 he was in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. The artist, of Jewish background, fled the continent after the German occupation, moving on to London where he received a grant to study at St. Martin's School of Art. In 1947 Wending moved to New York, where he apparently stayed for the remainder of his life. Paintings by the artist have been widely exhibited in England and the United States, and his work is included in the collection of Yad Vashem, Israel's official museum of the Holocaust. This painting is in excellent condition save for a small thinned area about two inches long, basically a puncture, at center right.
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