Theme/Style – Modernism, Byzantine subjects, religious subjects
Media – Oils, watercolors, inlaid panels, ceramic and wood sculptures
Artistic Focus – An artist whose works focused closely on Jewish and historical themes, often addressing issues of human suffering and protest, Bernard Baruch Zakheim came to America in 1920. The Polish native began his art studies in Warsaw, then studied in Danzig and Munich. When World War I ended, he was unable to return to Poland and sought political asylum in the United States.
Career Highlights –
- Fulop studied art in Budapest, Munich and Paris before immigrating to New York around 1920.
- He first worked as a painter, depicting the docks of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he vacationed. Fulop also created decorative paintings and batiks with religious themes during his early years in America.
- By 1927, Fulop had established a residence in Los Angeles, where he opened a school of Decorative Arts.
- Fulop’s creative attention had turned to sculpture by the 1930s, and he began modeling in ceramics and carving wood and ivory figures in the round and in low relief. Melding images both old and new, the sculptures of Karoly Fulop echo the artist’s upbringing as a student in a monastery school in Hungary, where he was surrounded by medieval art, as well as an adulthood lived among Modernist artists in Los Angeles.
Selection of Works by this Artist
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