Archive for February 5, 2014

Artist of the moment…..photographer Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas was a world renown photographer born in Vienna, Austria in the year 1921. Haas began his collegiate career with the idea of working in the field of medicine and healthcare. Haas would eventually switch his major to photography. The last image is a photograph of Ernst Haas himself.

Haas worked in a private photography studio from 1943 to 1945.

Haas joined Magnum photography in 1949.

Haas worked as lead photographer for many magazines including Vogue and Life. In addition to his work in commercial photography Ernst Haas also worked in the film industry. Haas has some credits on the IMBD, the international movie data base. Some films he worked on include Heaven’s Gate, the Little Bigman, the Believer’s, and Quest on Fire.

Ernst Haas passed away after having a stroke in 1986, Haas was 65 years old at the time.

In addition to being one of the first artists to use color photography and to experiment with abstracted light patterns such as his skyline shots of New York City. This is my favorite image by Ernst Haas. Its an abstracted image of night lights of New York City. I enjoy the energy of this image!


Haas was also noted for his use of motion and blurred photography. An example of this “blurred lines” style with a bull fighter is shown below.


Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

In this clip the son of the artist named Alex Haas is interviewed about his father’s photography work:

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ernst Haas:

Artist of the moment ……..Lorser Feitelson

Lorser Feitelson was born in New York City in the year 1898. Feitelson would go on to marry Helen Lundeberg and the two artists would begin the Post Surrealist movement in the United States. Feitelson was self taught as an artist. The artist grew up in New York City and learned to draw by taking lessons from his father. Feitelson would even visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the time he was a child.

Feitelson visited the Armory show in New York City in 1913 that had a life long impact on his artwork.

The artist did study  for short  period of time at an atelier in Paris, France.

After this episode in europe Feitelson moved to Los Angeles, California.

Some well acclaimed series by Feitelson include his ribbon works of the 1970s and his move towards biomorphic forms he pioneered in the 1950s. If you enjoy his use of these shapes be sure to check out my posts on Ken Price. Price used the biomorphic form in the medium of ceramics.

Lorser Feitelson passed away in 1978.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.