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Georges GOLDKORN

SZYDLOWICE (POLAND) 1907 – PARIS 1961

Georges Goldkorn grew up in a Hassidic family and followed religious studies in a Yeshiva until the age of fifteen. He then left Talmudic school and enrolled in high school. After graduating high school, he followed the advice of the Expressionist painter Henryk Gottlieb and joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, despite his parents’ opposition. In 1927, Goldkorn enrolled in the Royal Academy inBrussels. A year later, he took classes taught by Isidore Opsomer and Rik Wooters at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 1940, the invasion of Belgium caused him to move to France.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Polish army and was interned in the Gurs internment camp. Goldkorn escaped and joined the Resistance in Lyon. After the war, he settled in Paris, acquiring French nationality in 1947. He was a figurative painter until 1955. In 1956, Golkorn produced eighteen etchings and nine wood engravings for Images de Sefarad, a book on the history of Spanish Judaism, prefaced by Jean Cassou and Cecil Roth, and published by Caracteres. Goldkorn illustrated Philon d’Alexandrie (Philo of Alexandria), published by Marcel Bruker in 1962.