Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965

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De Hirsh Margules (1899-1965) was a painter and a poet from New York, N.Y.

From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 422877098

Painter, poet; New York, N.Y.; b. 1899; d. 1965.

From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1899-1998 (bulk 1928-1960). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84653624

From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-1998 (bulk 1923-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 368024806

De Hirsh Margules (1899-1965) was a painter in New York, NY. Margules was born in Jasse, Romania and arrived in New York City at only ten months of age. His parents were in the Yiddish Theater; his father, Edouard was a playwright/director, and his mother, Rosa, was an actress. Margules received much of his art education outside of the conventional art institutional framework. Early on, he studied with Edwin Randby in Pennsylvania from 1917-1918, but it was really his neighbor, the painter Benno Greenstein, who encouraged Margules to pursue a career in the arts. From 1919-1921 he studied period architecture, design and decoration at the New York Evening School of Art and Design.

By 1922, Margules began working nights as a police reporter for the City News Association of New York, a job he would hold until 1942. However, he continued to study and paint during the day, this time working with Myron Lechay.

In 1927 Margules took a leave of absence from the City News Association to travel to Paris. He studied at the Musée du Louvre, and painted landscapes in Montmartre, Paris; Fontenay-près-Vézelay, Burgundy; and Tunis, Africa. In 1929 Margules returned to New York and met artist/dealer Alfred Stieglitz, who quickly became his most trusted friend and advisor. It was through Stieglitz that Margules was introduced to John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Rosenfeld, Stuart Davis and Jan Matulka. While Margules would benefit from his relations with all of these artists, it was John Marin who would become his most important mentor. He felt that Marin was the only one who could help him with the formal problems he was having with painting.

Margules lived most of his life in Greenwich Village and was a well-known member of the colorful and vivacious arts community. He was commonly recognized by his affable demeanor, but mostly it was his attire, particularly the dark blue beret that he was rarely seen without. To his friends he was known simply as "the Baron."

De Hirsh Margules has been called an abstract realist. He used saturated colors and bold textures in the construction of his abstract landscapes, but more specifically it was his interest in the concept of "time painting" or "time perspective" that propelled his work. It was through the physical rendering and representation of his subject matter that he explored the psychological concepts of time. From 1936-1937 Margules established "Another Place," an exhibition space set up in his New York City apartment at 43 West 8th Street. Over a two year period there were fourteen solo-exhibitions by Margules and other artists.

He taught painting in 1951 at Ball State College in Muncie, Indiana, and at the New York Equity Workshop in 1952. In 1951 Elaine de Kooning wrote a piece about his working methods in the December edition of Art News .

De Hirsh Margules died from a heart attack in 1965. He was 65 years old.

From the guide to the De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf MARGULES, DE HIRSH. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. De Hirsh Margules papers, 1899-1998 (bulk 1928-1960). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. De Hirsh Margules : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-1998 (bulk 1923-1965). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lechay, James,. Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Lechay, James. Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Margules, De Hirsh : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y). Artists' Gallery records, 1936-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y) corporateBody
associatedWith Babcock Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Beaudoin, Kenneth Lawrence, 1913- person
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945. person
associatedWith Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel), 1864-1941. person
associatedWith Feigl Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Feigl Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Ferargil Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Frankel, Aaron person
associatedWith Frankel, Aaron. person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895- person
associatedWith Gillespie, Al Lincoln, Jr. person
associatedWith Gillespie, Al Lincoln, Jr. person
associatedWith Gilman, Esther person
associatedWith Gilman, Esther. person
associatedWith Grady, James person
associatedWith Grady, James. person
associatedWith Higgins, Dick, 1938- person
associatedWith Horblit, Harrison D. person
associatedWith Horblit, Jean person
associatedWith Horblit, Jean. person
associatedWith Jensen, Alfred, 1903-1981. person
associatedWith King, Alex person
associatedWith King, Alex. person
associatedWith Kolin, Sacha, 1911-1981. person
associatedWith Lechay, James person
associatedWith Lechay, Myron, 1898-1972. person
associatedWith Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963. person
associatedWith Lindsay, John V. person
associatedWith Lindsay, John V. person
associatedWith Mandel, Marieli Kailin person
associatedWith Mandel, Marieli Kailin. person
associatedWith Margules, Blanche London person
associatedWith Margules, Blanche London. person
associatedWith Marin, John, 1870-1953. person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891- person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Niveau Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Niveau Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith O'Brien, Lawrence F. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Schnitzler, Max, 1903- person
associatedWith Schnitzler, Max, 1903- person
associatedWith Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Walker Art Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Weber, David A. person
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Worcester Art Museum. corporateBody
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New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Painters
Poets
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Poets--New York (State)--New York
Art, American
Painters--New York (State)--New York
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Birth 1899

Death 1965-02-03

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