Jane Lévy grew up in Paris. Her parents, who originally came from Alsace, gave her a traditional and religious education. She enrolled in Baron Gustave de Rothschild’s Jewish school where, from an early age, she showed a strong interest in drawing and art. She was a committed Zionist and unceasingly transmitted her energy and optimism to those around her. When she was eighteen, she studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, specializing in ceramics. Her works were exhibited at the Manufacture de Sevres porcelain factory in Sevres. In 1922, Jane Lévy went to Germany and restored the Rachi synagogue in Worms (which was destroyed during World War II).
In 1934, she traveled to Israel and participated in an exhibition in Tel Aviv. Shortly afterwards, she visited Italy. In 1940, she continued her work at the Manufacture de Sevres. On November 27, 1942, Jane Lévy was arrested together with her husband René Lévy who was a deaf-and-dumb painter. Both of them were imprisoned at the Prison de la Santé and later interned in Drancy. Despite the daily difficulties of camp life, Jane did some pastels. She was deported with her husband and younger brother Albert Lévy on July 31, 1943, on convoy number 58. They were murdered by the Nazis.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015