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The composer, writer and painter Arnold Schönberg was born in Vienna’s 2nd District, Leopoldstadt, in 1874. He was associated with the expressionist movement in poetry and art and leader of the Second Viennese School. 1934 he immigrated to the US, where he was highly influential as an avant-guarde composer. Schönberg died in Los Angeles in 1951.

Benedict Fred Dolbin was born as Fred Pollak in Vienna, Austria on August 1, 1883. 1902-1910 he studied at the Technical University of Vienna and gathered artistic experiences in Cabaret night light with Arnold Schoenberg and others. In 1912 he officially changed his name to Dolbin. In 1926 he moved to Berlin, where he worked as a newspaper cartoonist, art critic and book illustrator. In 1935 he immigrated to New York, where he worked as an illustrator till his death on March 31, 1971.

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Dolbin, Benedikt F.: Portrait of Arnold Schoenberg, Leo Baeck Institute, 84.587.