He fled Nazi Germany in 1936 and settled in Milan, where he built a circle of patrons who commissioned and avidly collected his works, until he was confined to the Fascist internment camp of Civitella del Tronto in 1940, and then transferred in 1941 to that of Ferramonti-Tarsia near Cosenza, Calabria. He died shortly after the liberation of the camp in 1943, apparently as the result of a woundinfection after surgery in a military hospital. Fingensten was especially popular as a creator of bookplates or.
(the Latin term meaning "From the books of. "), a genre that appealed to the taste of elites in the late 19th and early 20th century. Fingesten's ingenuity was boundless even while working within severe spatial restraints, as the bookplates were usually pasted on the inside front cover of the collector's books. In Fingesten's hands, the bookplate transcends its utilitarian and decorative function and claims our attention as an independent work of art.
The university acquired in 2011 a large collection of Fingesten's works, including 154 items, which had been assembled by an unknown collector, possibly Fridolf Johnson, bibliophile and editor of the. 10 Eaux-Fortes de genre phantastique, symbolique, grotesque, lyrique, satyrique, tragique sur des motifs érotiques.
(10 Etchings of the Fantastic, Symbolic, Grotesque, Lyrical, Satirical, Tragic Genre on Erotic Motives). Fingesten's inspiration shifted throughout his career between the erotic and the political. Especially in the years leading up to WWII, Fingesten's work takes on a new, almost prophetic tone in denouncing the dangers of the impending catastrophe. And yet, in spite of his tragic life and times, despair is never the last word in Fingesten's work.His stoicism is best summed up in the motto for a 1939 bookplate: Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees. Meglio morire in piedi che vivere in ginocchio. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "hermansantiques" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.