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Arthur Fleischmann (1896-1990)
Balinese woman carrying a basket.
Bronze signed with initals. c. late 1930's
Arthur Fleischmann, born in 1896 in Bratislavia, had a fascinating life that included a decade spent in Sydney, Australia. He studied medicine in Budapest before deciding to become a sculptor. Forced to flee Europe in 1937, he spent two years in Bali before arriving in Australia in 1939.
Bali was a period of inspiration and transformation. Balinese culture and art became an influence for the rest of his life. While there he also converted from Judaism to Catholicism. He left Australia for London in 1948 with a view to returning to Brataslava, however he met his and married his wife in London and remained in the city for the remainder of his life. From the mid 1950's he where he made inovative perspex sculptures.
Commissions include: Public Library and Conservatoire of Music, Sydney 1941; Memorial Fountain for Government House in Canberra, Australia 1945; Miranda, Mermaid Fountain commissioned by Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Company, showed at SB 1951; The Twelve Apostles for Hagen, West Germany; Head, Philips headquarters, Eindhoven 1951-52; Diana and the Hounds for Diana House, London 1955; made series of works for various ocean liners, including Reina del Mar 1956.
Collections incude: Leeds City Art Galleries; Mestke Muzeum, Bratislava; Bratislava Municipal Art Gallery; State Library of New South Wales, Sydney.