Oskar Fischinger

(1900 - 1967)
Lot 171
Oskar Fischinger
Affinity
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,125
September 30, 2018
Lot 172
Oskar Fischinger
Abstraction No. 25
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
September 30, 2018
Lot 173
Oskar Fischinger
Way Out
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,438
September 30, 2018
Lot 174
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 160
Oskar Fischinger
Abstraction
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $8,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 161
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled (#2030)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
June 10, 2018
Lot 162
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled (#2123)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,437
June 10, 2018
Lot 163
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $7,500
June 10, 2018
Lot 223
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled (#2076)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,125
February 25, 2018
Lot 224
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,625
February 25, 2018
Lot 225
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
February 25, 2018
Lot 159
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled (#257a)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 160
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled (#257b)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 283
Oskar Fischinger
Falling-Rising
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
March 5, 2017
Lot 47
Oskar Fischinger
Construction with Red Square
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
October 9, 2016
Lot 167
Oskar Fischinger
Wave Five
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 168
Oskar Fischinger
Refraction #1
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,125
May 22, 2016
Lot 169
Oskar Fischinger
#310
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 45
Oskar Fischinger
Spokes #1059
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $10,000
February 21, 2016
Lot 46
Oskar Fischinger
Space light #1064
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,312
February 21, 2016
Lot 47
Oskar Fischinger
Gauge #1061
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 48
Oskar Fischinger
#326
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 45
Oskar Fischinger
Stippled Cosmic
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 11, 2015
Lot 46
Oskar Fischinger
Retrospect
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,687
October 11, 2015
Lot 47
Oskar Fischinger
Refraction #3
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 139
Oskar Fischinger
Space Abstraction
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $17,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 140
Oskar Fischinger
Refraction #714
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 17, 2015
Lot 305
Oskar Fischinger
Flower
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $8,125
March 1, 2015
Lot 306
Oskar Fischinger
#382 and #81 (2)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,250
March 1, 2015
Lot 165
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,062
December 16, 2012
Lot 166
Oskar Fischinger
Weaving
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,812
December 16, 2012
Lot 211
Oskar Fischinger
The Wave
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $16,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 72
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,625
December 11, 2011
Lot 202
Oskar Fischinger
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $2,880
December 7, 2008

About The Artist


A pioneer of modernism in Los Angeles, Oskar Fischinger is celebrated for his transcendent and metaphysical oil paintings, as well as for his groundbreaking work in abstract film animation. Born in 1900 in Germany, Fischinger began making animated short films in his early 20s. By the early 1930s, his experimental films were hugely popular and widely viewed, winning him international attention.

Fischinger was a champion of pure abstraction. Using techniques as basic as stop-motion filming and materials as simple as paper cut-outs hung by invisible wire, Fischinger produced astonishing visual effects by which brightly-colored, geometric shapes and spirals swooped, spun, and danced across the screen, shot forward, receded, and vanished. At the height of the Nazi regime in Germany, Fischinger accepted a deal with Paramount and left for Hollywood in 1936. There he worked in succession for Paramount, MGM, and Disney, but grew increasingly frustrated at every stop with the studios’ narrow conception of film as nothing more than a medium for storytelling. In response, Fischinger turned to painting as a creative outlet—one he pursued with vigor for the rest of his life.

His artwork is often compared to that of Kandinsky and Klee, though Fischinger's paintings uniquely embody a sense of cinematic movement. His forms resonate and pulse, move in waves, swell, and burst; or else they drift quietly in cosmic space. For Fischinger, these abstractions were means to transcendent ends. He sought, through painting, to escape the earthly, and to hint at the eternal.

Moritz, William. Optical Poetry: The Life and Work of Oscar Fischinger. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004. Print. Karlstrom, Paul J., and Susan Ehrlich. Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920-1956. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1990. Print.

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