Madim ZARUDINSKY

NOVOROSSIYSK (RUSSIA) 1902 – PARIS 1942

Madim Zarudinsky grew up in a humble family. His father worked at a slaughterhouse. Madim studied at the heder and then at a high school in a neighboring town. He tried hard to deepen his knowledge of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. He joined the Zionist movement Halutzik, started to paint regularly and exhibited his work in private places. In 1920, he left Russia and decided to go to Palestine with a group of pioneers. After many peregrinations, he arrived in Palestine in 1921 and studied in Bezalel art school under the professor Boris Schatz. Madim was a Haloutz. He worked the land, dried out swamps and broke stones. He participated in the creation of the State of Israel, about which he was very hopeful.

In 1925, he decided to visit Paris. Together with the painter Yehuda Cohen, they went to France via Italy and stayed in Florence for a few months. In 1926, they arrived in Paris, enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and visited the museums. Zarudinsky exhibited his work at the Nivo gallery, a gallery in Paris that was interested in the artists from Bezalel. The exhibition of his works was a resounding success. He very rarely signed his paintings. In Paris, he got married and had a child. In 1940, he ran away from racial laws and took refuge for three months in Paillot in the Charente-Maritime region, where he continued to draw. In September 1940, he returned to Paris with his family and died on July 22, 1942.