The Old Print Shop

Fritz Eichenberg


Fritz Eichenberg was born in Cologn, Germany on October 24, 1901. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and worked as an illustrator in Germany until 1933 when the rising Nazi regime convinced Eichenberg and his family to flee Europe. They settled in New York City, where he spent most of the rest of his life.

Eichenberg is well regarded as a book illustrator, having produced countless wood engravings for publications of classic literature by the likes of Edger Allen Poe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Charlotte Bronte. He taught at the New School for Social Research and Pratt Institute in New York. During the Great Depression, he found work with the WPA. Eichenberg was a member of the National Academy of Design and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in London. His work can be found in museums around the world.