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Hugo Scheiber (1873-1950) - Cabaret scene
Hugo Scheiber (1873-1950) - Cabaret scene - Paintings & Drawings Style Art Déco
Ref : 91862
2 800 €
Period :
20th century
Artist :
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Medium :
Tempera on cardboard
Dimensions :
L. 0 inch X l. 7.87 inch X H. 11.81 inch
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Hugo Scheiber (1873-1950) - Cabaret scene

Tempera on cardboard
Size: 30 x 20 cm
Scheiber, Hugo

Born in 1873 in Budapest at the age of eight, Hugo Scheiber moved with his family to Vienna where he worked alongside his father as a sign painter in the theatre. At the age of fifteen, he returned to his hometown and began attending the School of Industrial Design and the School of Decorative Arts. In the early 1900s, he painted in the post-impressionist style and it was not until around 1910 that he turned his attention to German expressionism and futurism. In the memoirs of the composer Paul Arma, Scheiber is described as "almost self-taught, almost illiterate, [...] a kind of primitive genius, a force of nature [...], a virtuoso by instinct". In 1915, he met Filippo Tommaso Marinetti who invited him to join the Futurist movement. In 1921, with the support of Lajos Kassák, he and his friend Béla Kádár exhibited in Berlin at Max Hevesi's: the event to which he owed his first recognition and the money necessary to continue his activity. At that time he was fascinated by the images of metropolitan life, painting the interiors of cafés, theatres, cabarets and circuses frequented by the society of the time. Kassák's letter of recommendation led him to the gallery of Herwarth Walden, who took a keen interest in his expressive portraits, which - along with other works - were regularly reproduced in his magazine from 1924 onwards and exhibited in the gallery in solo exhibitions (1924, 1925, 1927) and group exhibitions until 1928.
Thanks to his success in Berlin, he began to exhibit in London (Rehearsal Theatre, Popler Town Hall) and New York (Brooklyn Museum, Gallery Anderson, Little Reviev), invited by Katherine Dreier's Société Anonyme. In the 1930s, his exhibitions travelled as far as La Paz. In 1933, invited by Marinetti, Scheiber participated in the great exhibition of the futurists in Rome. In the last years of his life, he presented his futuro-expressionist works at the National Salon and at the Ernst Museum in Budapest. After the war, like his friend Kádár, he lived in poverty and oblivion until his death in 1950.

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