In 1920, Abraham Berline left his hometown for Paris and enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He worked as a taxi driver at night in order to pay for his studies. He wanted to stay as close to Montparnasse as possible and chose place Denfert-Rochereau as his home base. His favorite route was the Chevreuse Valley, located south of Paris, where the artist found his inspiration. In May 1941, Abraham Berline was arrested and interned in Compiegne for seventeen months together with painters Isis Kishka and Jacques Gotko, with whom he set up an “exhibition” in the camp. Transferred to Drancy, he was deported on September 14, 1942 on convoy number 32. He and his wife Dousie were murdered in Auschwitz.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015