Born in 1886 in Moscow, Russia. Father -- a jurist. His
father's family, which years earlier lived in Libove,
came from Holland, and his mother's family descended
from the Vilna Gaon.
He was raised in a
completely assimilated environment, where he spoke only
Russian and German. F. studied in the Moscow
Petropalvosk real school, and there he learned painting
and playing the piano.
From 1905 to 1909 he also
studied in a school of sculpture, architecture and
painting, especially under the teachers Simov, Karovin
F.'s debut in theatrical
stage scenery was in the production of an independent
theatrical evening with the Moscow Yiddish gbirim-aristocrats,
which however, due to a conflict among both tsdim,
was not staged.
In 1913, F., together with a
Russian artist Konchalovsky, did the stage scenery for
the production of Mozart's play, "Don Juan" (staged in
Zimin's operetta in Moscow), and in the same theatre,
participated in Konchalovsky's production of the opera
"Di teg fun unzer lebn" (according to Andreyev's text).
In 1922 F. was associated
with the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre", and after two
years worked ....he made tens of markets and hundreds of
businesses for Granovsky's production of Peretz's "Night
at the Old Marketplace". In 1927 he cast for the same
theatre the stage scenery for Granovsky's production of
Mendele's "The Travels of Benjamin III".
F. also did the stage
scenery for the "Habima" , for Richard Ber Hoffman's
"Jacob's Dream" (1925, Moscow, under the direction of K.
S. Stanislowski and B. M. Suskevitsh), and to Gutzkov's
"Uriel Acosta" (1930).
In 1939 the "Moscow Yiddish
Theatrical Technikum" staged, under the direction of
Azarkh, Sholem Aleichem's "Blondzhene shtern" with F.'s
In 1940, F. drew the stage
scenery to Galdan's "Ligner" in the theatre with the
name fun "moskver sovet" (director: Sh. Margolin), and
to "Shlmo meyman", in the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre"
(director Sh. Mikhoels).
In 1941 the "Moscow Jewish
State Theatre" staged, under the direction of Nakhum
Loyter, "Der far'khshuf'ter-shneyder", according to
Sholem Aleichem, with F.'s stage scenery.
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