Israël Lewin’s father was a committed Zionist, who gave his son a traditionalist education. The young Israël completed his studies in Kharkov before going on several voyages. In 1921, he left Russia for Poland. The following year, he visited Berlin and Belgium. He arrived in France, discovered Paris, and settled in Grenoble, where he joined a drawing school. In 1924, he met his father in Palestine, where he found inspiration. He returned to Paris in 1925. Israël Lewin was in the Bordeaux region when the German army occupied France. He returned to Paris and left for the Zone Libre (free zone) but was forced to stay in Tours following a car accident. He was injured and taken to a hospital. He was interned on February 25, 1943 in Drancy and was deported on March 6, 1943, on convoy number 51. He was murdered in Majdanek.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015