Elie Grunmann studied at the School of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg under the Russian painter Ilya Repin, who encouraged him to exhibit his paintings abroad. Elie Grunmann arrived in Paris in 1927, and quickly acquired a certain fame. In 1939, he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and was awarded the medal of merit. Two years later, on the occasion of that same Parisian exhibition, he was awarded the silver medal for his pastel portrait.
On April 12, 1944, he was arrested at his studio in Paris. Most of his work was destroyed when he was arrested. He was interned in Drancy where he continued to paint. On June 30, 1944, he was deported on convoy number 76. He was murdered by the Nazis. Paintings by Elie Grunmann are in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
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"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015