Jacob Milkin was born into a well-off family. He left for Saint Petersburg, where he studied at the School of Fine Arts, before attending the Russian painter Ilya Repin’s classes. Milkin arrived in Paris in 1928. He immediately became a member of the Salon des Artistes Français. He took an interest in Jewish culture and owned an important collection of Russian paintings, which he never parted with, even during the most difficult times. He painted portraits. In 1940, Milkin was interned in Compiegne. A doctor managed to get him out of the camp but on March 7, 1944, he was deported on convoy number 69. He was murdered by the Nazis.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015