From early studies in engineering, drafting and music, Oskar Fischinger gravitated towards the arts. He earned acclaim for his abstract animation films as art form and in commercial commissions. With Hitler's denigration of abstract art, Fishinger left Germany for Los Angeles at the invitation of Hollywood's film industry. Though he painted at his home easel, he worked on animated films for Paramount, MGM and Walt Disney Studios creating Allegretto, Fantasia and An Optical Poem, among others. Easel painting became dominant in his work Relating painting to his work on film, he created layers of grids and biomorphic and geometric forms in pulsating color. His abstractions are concerned with a third dimension, of cosmic depth in light, space and rhythm.
Oil on cardboard 1961
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (14.6 x 19.7cm)
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