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Menkes, Zygmunt or Zugmunt or Sigmuno or Sigmund Josephlocked

Polish, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1935.

Born 1896, in Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine); died 1986.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures, nudes, portraits, still-lifes, flowers.

Zygmunt or Zugmunt or Sigmuno or Sigmund Joseph MENKES: signature or monogram

After working on the restoration of churches in Poland, Zygmunt Menkes enrolled at the academy of fine arts in Cracow, travelled to Berlin and on to Paris in 1923. He went to the USA and settled in New York in 1935, where he later exhibited his work. He was influenced by Modigliani's somewhat softened Cubism.

Auction Records

Paris, 18 May 1928: Flowers, FRF 2,500

Paris, 5 March 1941: Geranium, FRF 300

Paris, 24 June 1955: Woman Eating a Pomegranate, FRF 7,500

New York, 24 Nov 1962: Portrait of the Artist's Wife, USD 350

Paris, 7 March 1968: Dolce far niente, USD 1,100

New York, 3 May 1972: Bacchante, USD 1,100

New York, 21 March 1974: Still-life, USD 2,000

Los Angeles, 12 March 1979: Flowers of the Fields (oil on canvas, 32 × 25¾ ins/81.2 × 65.5 cm) USD 2,000

Zurich, 6 June 1984: Procession with Cello (oil on canvas, 25½ × 36¼ ins/65 × 92 cm) CHF 4,000

Zurich, 7 June 1985: Jewish Wedding (oil on canvas, 25½ × 36¼ ins/65 × 92 cm) CHF 4,800

New York, 10 April 1987: Two Figures (oil on canvas, 25½ × 21 ins/65 × 53.5 cm) USD 4,750

London, 24 Feb 1988: Woman Seated Next to a Table (oil on canvas, 32 × 25½ ins/81 × 65 cm) GBP 1,870

Paris, 20 March 1988: Odalisque (oil on canvas, 36¼ × 28¾ ins/92 × 73 cm) FRF 15,000

Tel Aviv, 26 May 1988: Figure with Hat (oil on canvas, 29¼ × 24 ins/74 × 61 cm) USD 3,850

Tel Aviv, 2 Jan 1989: Vase of Flowers (gouache, 23¼ × 18¾ ins/59 × 47.5 cm) USD 710

Paris, 16 April 1989: Alcove (oil on canvas, 51¼ × 38¼ ins/130 × 97 cm) FRF 35,000

Paris, 21 Sept 1989: Violinist (wash/paper, 9¼ × 7¼ ins/23.5 × 18.5 cm) FRF 4,200

Zurich, 25 Oct 1989: St Sebastian (oil on canvas, 22 × 18 ins/55 × 46 cm) CHF 2,000

Tel Aviv, 3 Jan 1990: Young Girl with Flowers (acrylic/paper, 16¼ × 13¼ ins/41.5 × 33.5 cm) USD 2,310; Venus with Accordion (oil on canvas, 28¾ × 23½ ins/73 × 60 cm) USD 4,840

New York, 21 Feb 1990: Smiling Mask (oil on canvas, 32 × 39¼ ins/81.4 × 99.7 cm) USD 9,350

Paris, 10 April 1990: Bouquet in Blue Vase (oil on canvas, 28¾ × 23½ ins/73 × 60 cm) FRF 361,000

Tel Aviv, 19 June 1990: Flautist and Another Figure (gouache, 13½ × 10¼ ins/34 × 26 cm) USD 2,310

New York, 10 Oct 1990: Family of Acrobats (oil on canvas, 26 × 32 ins/66.1 × 81.4 cm) USD 10,450

Paris, 14 April 1991: House on the Edge of the Wood (oil on canvas, 21¼ × 25½ ins/54 × 65 cm) FRF 28,000

New York, 12 June 1991: Young Girl with Mirror (oil on canvas, 18 × 14 ins/45.7 × 35.6 cm) USD 3,300

Amsterdam, 17 Sept 1991: Tulips in a Vase (oil on canvas, 23½ × 19½ ins/59.5 × 49.5 cm) NLG 3,450

Calais, 5 April 1992: Still-life with Flowers and Mask (oil on canvas, 32¼ × 39¼ ins/82 × 100 cm) FRF 31,000

New York, 9 May 1992: Wife of the Artist with Poppies (oil on canvas, 22 × 18 ins/55.8 × 45.7 cm) USD 4,180

Paris, 4 April 1993: Self-portrait at the Easel (oil on canvas, 39½ × 32 ins/100.5 × 81 cm) FRF 37,000

New York, 2 Nov 1993: Portrait of a Woman (oil on canvas, 29¼ × 24¼ ins/74.3 × 61.3 cm) USD 4,600

New York, 23 Feb 1994: Young Hassid Surrounded by his Teachers (oil on canvas, 37 × 30 ins/94 × 76 cm) USD 9,775

Tel Aviv, 4 April 1994: Vase of Flowers (oil on canvas, 32 × 25½ ins/81 × 65 cm) USD 9,200

Paris, 26 March 1995: Candlestick (oil on canvas, 29 × 21¼ ins/73.5 × 54 cm) FRF 5,000

Tel Aviv, 11 April 1996: Young Girl Seated Next to a Vase of Flowers (oil on canvas, 16¼ × 13 ins/41 × 33 cm) USD 4,025

New York, 10 Oct 1996: Harlequin and Pierrot (oil on canvas, 24¼ × 18 ins/61.3 × 46 cm) USD 9,200

Paris, 16 March 1997: Self-portrait with Palette (oil on canvas, 32 × 25½ ins/81 × 65 cm) FRF 35,000

Tel Aviv, 26 April 1997: Studio Interior (oil on canvas, 20 × 24 ins/51 × 61 cm) USD 6,900

Warsaw, 7 March 1999: Harmonica Player (oil on canvas, 30 × 22 ins/76 × 55 cm) PLN 48,000

Paris, 29 March 1999: Standing Man (oil on canvas, 29 × 24 ins/73 × 60 cm) FRF 123,000

Lokeren, 7 Oct 2000: Two Women in an Interior (oil on canvas, 18 × 22 ins/46 × 55 cm) BEF 360,000

Warsaw, 19 Nov 2000: Doves of Peace (oil on canvas, 20 × 16 ins/51 × 41 cm) PLN 33,000

London, 6 April 2001: Music (oil on canvas, 24 × 20 ins/61 × 51 cm) GBP 6,000

Paris, 25 Nov 2001: The Levite (oil on canvas, 47 × 35 ins/120 × 90 cm) FRF 65,000

Warsaw, 10 March 2002: Still-life with Fruit on Plate and Wine Bottle (oil on canvas, 24 × 20 ins/61 × 50 cm) PLN 34,000

Paris, 3 July 2002: Bouquet (oil on canvas, 18 × 25 ins/45 × 64 cm) EUR 7,500

Paris, 3 March 2003: Still-life with Mask (oil on canvas, 32 × 39 ins/82 × 100 cm) EUR 8,500

New York, 7 Oct 2003: Boy Playing a Harmonica (oil on canvas, 20 × 16 ins/51 × 41 cm) USD 5,000

Warsaw, 23 May 2004: Lady (1930, oil on canvas, 39 × 29 ins/99 × 74 cm) PLN 70,000

Warsaw, 20 June 2004: Female Nude (1950, oil on canvas, 16 × 13 ins/41 × 33 cm) PLN 65,000

Bibliography

  • Tériade, E.: Menkes, Le Triangle, Paris, 1932.
  • Nieszawer, Nadine/Boyé, Marie/Lanzmann, Claude (preface): Peintres juifs de l'école de Paris 1905-1939, Denoël, Paris, 2001.