“New England Church”
Oil on canvas
26 x 36 ½ in.
Ernest Fiene (1894–1965) was a 20th-century American graphic artist who primarily worked in New York City and Woodstock, New York. Fiene was known primarily for his varied printed works, including lithographs and etchings. His notable work includes cityscapes, views of New York City in particular, landscapes and other figural art.
Born in Germany in 1894, Fiene fled his native land in 1912 to avoid military service in what would become World War I. Traveling first to the Netherlands, he continued on to the United States. From 1914 to 1914 he studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City, and from 1916 to 1918 at the Beaux Arts Institute. In 1923, Fiene continued his study of printmaking at the Art Students League of New York. In 1921 he married Jeannette Etarre. From 1928 to 1929 he studied in Paris and traveled in France. Fiene was hired in 1940, along with eight other prominent American artists, to document dramatic scenes and characters during the production of the film The Long Voyage Home, a cinematic adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s plays.
In 1945 he divorced his first wife and was married to Alicia Wiencek. Fiene re-established his relationship with the Art Students League in 1948, returning to teach classes in painting and drawing there. In 1948, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1952. In the 1950s he also served on the faculty of the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut.
Fiene died of a heart attack in Paris in 1965.