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Zatzenstein, Franz M.

German, 1897 - 1963

Matthiesen, Francis; Zatzenstein-Matthiesen, Franz

Biography

Born Franz Catzenstein, he was the founder of the Galerie Matthiesen in Berlin in 1923. Married first in 1920 to Maria Matthiesen (1896-1936), he changed his name to Franz Zatzenstein-Matthiesen and later went by Francis M. Zatzenstein or Francis Matthiesen. Zatzenstein left Germany in 1933 and went eventually to London, where by 1936 he had established a new Matthiesen Gallery. The Berlin gallery, under the direction of long-time colleague Heinz Mansfeld, was forced to close in 1939.

With his first wife, he had a daughter Maren Beate Antonia Zatzenstein Matthiesen (b. 1921). Zatzenstein married secondly to Olga Petrovna Tarrash with whom he had a son, Patrick Matthiesen. With his third wife Fredericke Katherina Früh (b. 1906) he had a daughter Suzanne Matthiesen.

A collection of old master drawings from Matthiesen/Zatzenstein's estate were sold at Sotheby's London, 21 October 1963.

Bibliography
2011
Fiedler, Susanne and Torsten Knuth. "Vexierbilder einer Biographie: Dr. Heinz Mansfeld (1899-1959)." Mecklenburgische Jahrbücher 126 (2011): 298-299.
2011
Singer, Nina. " Galerie Matthiesen," in Gute Geschäfte. Kunsthandel in Berlin 1933-1945. Exh. Cat., Aktives Museum, Berlin, 2011: 73-80.
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