Ernest Marcuse (1900-85) Australia

Biographical Information

Ernest Marcuse was born 1 December 1900 in Berlin. After completing his schooling he attended Berlin School of Interior Design & Cabinetmaking (furniture design & drawing) and Reiman School (fashion drawing & advertising) from 1918-25.

He worked as a freelance press artist specialising in industrial, architectural & figure drawings and for "Ullstein", a Berlin daily newspaper, German magazines, and "Scherl & Moss" catalogues from 1926-33.

After 1933, being Jewish, he was forbidden to work officially in Germany, but was able to use false names to work as an occasional book illustrator and games designer.In 1939 he moved to London where he worked briefly as a commercial artist, married and then with his wife, emigrated to Melbourne. Before joining the Australian Army he worked briefly for "The Age" newspaper.

At the conclusion of World War II he worked as a freelance commercial artist, until 1970 when he became a full time artist. His basic style has been described as "realism combined with impressionism" and he worked in watercolour, pencil and/or ink drawing, acrylic, gouache, mixed media and as a printmaker.

Ernest Marcuse was inconsistent in signing artworks. When signed in earlier years, he would use MAR angled above CUSE, and in later years, E.MARCUSE, ERNEST MARCUSE, MARCUSE, or simply E.M. Unfortunately numerous works were unsigned.

He died suddenly on 14 September 1985 at Queenscliff, Victoria. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Pioneer Homestead
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Ink and wash, 26 x 67 cm
Fine Art, Theodore Bruce Auctions, Adelaide.
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