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Nissan Engel

"I love the chemical and scientific ends of engraving."


Notes of biography

Artist, innovator, poet, musician, Nissan Engel is born in Israel in 1931. Engel studies to the Bezalel Beaux-Arts in Jerusalem. He settles down in Paris in middle of the 50’s. There, he paints while attending several academies that allow him to assert his art (drawing and designing costumes for the theater). Later, he gets a scenographer degree from the East Drama Center in Strasbourg. He exhibits.
He achieves his first real success with the Galerie Weil’s exhibition in 1960. Five years later, he settles in the United States and mainly in New York. The works of this period are mostly graphic and are characterized by his personal use of color. The subjects of his early works are the landscape, still life, horses often represented during the race, and circus scenes. The painters who influenced his work are not only Klee, Marini, Kandinsky and other European expressionists, but also conceptual artists like Beuys or Oppenheim. He also meets in his American period, the expressionists of the New York’s school with who he gradually makes friendship with them. The theme of the music is present in his art.
His art is personal and can only be hardly classified in any movement. His works obtained by the use of mixed techniques are really interesting. A painter, a draftsman, an etcher, he creates many collages. The ultimate goal for Nissan Engel is to achieve balance and harmony.
Nissan Engel died in November 2016.

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The art and the artists display: proclamations, galleries, museums, personal or collective exhibitions. On walls or in shop windows, wise or rebels, posters warn, argue, show. Some were specially conceived by an artist for such or such event, other, colder, have only the letter.

Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Nissan Engel - Dessins », Ed. Tirés d'Après, 1964
  • « Nissan Engel », K. Winn, Palo Alto Weekly, September 11, 1980
  • « Nissan Engel », in cat. Salon Comparaisons, Paris, 1980
  • « Nissan Engel », cat., Galerie Pierre Hauto, 1984
  • « Nissan Engel - Regards », V. Forbes, Nahan Galleries, NY 1990
  • « Nissan Engel - Recent paintings », Ed. Daniel Papierski, Paris, 1986
  • « N. E. - Nouvelles Dimensions », M. M. Johnson, J. and M. Muscarelle Museum of Art, 1994
  • « Nissan Engel », D. Baremboïm, Restany et autres, Fragments Ed., 1998
  • « Nissan Engel », in Brillant Magazine, n° special dédié à l'artiste, Tokyo, hiver 2010
  • « Nissan Engel, Silkscreen and original collection », cat., Galerie Tosaka, Tokyo, 2011
To read from the artist :
  • « A portée de mots », interview F. Castang et M. Mony, France Musique, 04/2007
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ LYRIC ART, ABSTRACT, TACHISM / 1950-1960 / Jackson Pollock, Emil Schumacher, etc.
All art movements

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