Fritz Eichenberg was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1901. He worked as a printer's apprentice and studied at the Municiple School of Applied Arts in Cologne, and at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Leipzig. He began his career as a graphic artist and illustrator in 1923, working for various publications and as an independent illustrator. In 1933 the rise of Nazi Germany forced Eichenberg to emigrate with his wife and family to the U.S, settling in New York City. He taught art at the New School for Social Research and at Pratt Institute, and was a part of the WPA's Federal Arts Project. He also served as the head of the art department at University of Rhode Island, and laid out the printmaking studios there. Eichenberg illustrated myriad books in the U.S. and abroad. He died in Rhode Island in 1990.
Studied: State Acad. Graphic Arts, Leipzig, M.F.A., 1923; Southeastern Mass. Univ., hon. degree, 1972; H. Steiner-Prag.
Exhibited: AIC; PAFA, 1940-45; NAD, 1938, 1944-46; CI, 1943-45; AIGA, 1938, 1940, 1944; SAGA Ann.; Xylon Int. Exhibs., Geneva, Switzerland, Yugoslavia & elsewhere; U.S. Info Agency Traveling Exhibs.; Assoc. Am. Artists, New York, 1967; Pratt Manhattan Center, New York, 1972 (solo). Awards: LOC, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946; Joseph Pennell Medal, PAFA, 1944; distinguished service medal, Ltd. Edition Club.
Member: SAGA; NAD; Royal Soc. Arts; Xylon Int.; AIGA (board directors, 1943-46); Phila. WCC; Am. Artists Congress. Work: MMA; NYPL; AIC; PMA; LOC; Rosenwald Collection, NGA; Bibliotheque Nat., Paris, France; Hermitage Mus., Leningrad, USSR. Commissions: illustrations of more than one hundred classics, children's books, comnmissioned by publishers in the U.S. & abroad.