Willy Eisenschitz (1889 - 1974) Austria
Watercolor on Paper
Measure 7 1/4"in H x 9 1/2"in W and 13 1/2"in H x 16"in W with frame
Known for: Landscape, interiors, portraits and still-life painting
Name variants: Willy Eisenchitz, Willy Eisenshitz
Biography: Willy Eisenschitz (Vienna, 1889 - Paris, 1974) began his studies at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1910, but in 1912 moved to Paris to continue his education at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere. His exposure to the French Impressionists Gauguin and Cezanne led to an infatuation that lasted the rest of Eisenschitz's life. If Central Europe had been his main source of inspiration as an emerging painter, Paris, the canal Saint-Martin and the south of France were soon to build the basis of his future inspiration. An outstanding colorist, Eisenschitz painted landscapes, interiors, portraits and still-lifes. Landscaper above all, he was little influenced by the revolutionary pictorial movements around in Paris at the time, but he did absorb some of the post-war Cubism by using some geometrized shapes. At the beginning of the Second World War, Eisenschitz returned to Provence where intellectual refugees had gathered. In 1943, after a police interrogation in Les Minimes, Eisenschitz escaped with his family to the mountain village of Dieulefit and began painting under the pseudonym "Villiers". The following year, his son David, who had enrolled in the Resistance, was arrested and deported and Eisenschitz returned to Toulon. From 1951 he traveled to Ibiza, Spain and lived alternately in Paris and in Provence. At the end of the war, Eisenschitz shared his time between excursions and his exhibitions in Paris, Toulon and Marseille. He was systematically inspired by the environment around him. He returned to Les Minimes in 1945 and in 1949 held an exhibition ,"A Family of Painters" at the Galerie Allard, with works by himself, his wife, Claire Bertrand and their daughter, Evelyn Marc. From 1951 to 1959, he made several trips to Ibiza, in the Languedoc region of Sudan. The Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris and the Museum of Toulon exhibited his work from that period. A year before his death in 1974, a retrospective was organized at the House of the Culture of Amiens.