Art Auction 2018 | Jules Engel


Jules Engel

Screenprint, from the edition of 20, 1997
Image: 4 x 4 inches, sheet: 12 x 12 inches
Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery
Value: $950
Starting bid: $475

Born in Hungary, Jules Engel immigrated to the United States in 1930 and arrived in Hollywood in 1937. There he worked on Disney’s Fantasia, bringing color and choreography to the production, especially in his concepts for the Russian and Chinese dance sequences. In contrast to his work in animation, his early paintings were mostly non-figurative. Inspired by pioneers of abstraction such as Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Alexander Calder, he combined the sense of color he developed as an animator with a genius for geometrical design. He remained active as an artist up to his death in 2003.

Selected collections
Laguna Art Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Selected exhibitions
Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920-1950, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1990
Contemporary Print Exhibition, The White House, Washington, DC, 1965
Solo exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1952

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