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(Surrealism) FANTASIES ON THE THEME OF LOVE by Peter Fingesten SIGNED Limited Edition.

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(Surrealism) FANTASIES ON THE THEME OF LOVE by Peter Fingesten SIGNED Limited Edition.

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(Surrealism) FANTASIES ON THE THEME OF LOVE by Peter Fingesten SIGNED Limited Edition.

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Fingesten, Peter (introduction by Palmer Poroner). FANTASIES ON THE THEME OF LOVE. New York: The Press on Greenwich Street, 1981. 

First and only edition. Square 8vo. Limited to 500 copies. This copy is SIGNED BY PETER FINGESTEN. In original stapled wrappers. 14 pages. One page introduction by Poroner followed by 10 surrealist sketches by Fingesten. A very scarce item. OCLC has no record of this book. One tiny brown dot to front cover otherwise a fine copy. 

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Peter Fingesten (1916 - 1987), son of Michel Fingesten (1884-1943), was a German-born American graphic artist, sculptor, an artist, and founding chairman of the Art Department at Pace University (New York) where he was hired in the 1950s to bring a liberal arts sector to what was then only a business school. Fingesten was a scholar in symbolism, exhibited his works of art in the style of surrealism, and lectured on a number of topics pertaining to art. His talent as an artist and excellence as a revered teacher propelled him to becoming a fully tenured professor. His trademark curved pipe, that he always carried with him, made him an easily recognized New York iconoclast. He continued to show his work in New York art galleries but was most involved in propelling Pace University in the City of New York to prominence. In gratitude, the Pace University founded The Peter Fingestin Gallery in his honor, and this gallery has and continues to hold frequent showing of noted artists.

Fingesten married Carole Cacace, a student of his many art and architecture classes. They were always recognized by their distinguished style of dress, each of them with the same custom-made clothing, and the "knicker and barret" outfits. Theirs was a romance of 'first order' that so many of their friends admired.