Height: 9.5 in
Width: 13 in
Black and white rural winter landscape; church along small road, trees.
Ernest Fiene was born in Elberfeld, Germany in 1894 and immigrated to the United States in 1912. He studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York City taking day classes with Thomas Maynard and evening classes with Leon Kroll. Fiene continued his studies at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in Paris from 1916 to 1918, adding classes in printmaking at the Art Students League in 1923. Early on Fiene painted mostly landscapes of Woodstock and both the Ramapo and Hudson River Valleys. He later became fascinated with the intensity, excitement, and opportunities for color harmonies New York City offered as a subject. His paintings shifted to urban and industrial themes with architecture, industry, and transportation becoming his subjects.