Karl Klein, who was the son of a lawyer, was sent by his family to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Shortly after he arrived, he changed courses and turned to painting. He lived in Berlin for six years. In 1926, Karl Klein got married and arrived in Paris. He had a passion for classical painting and often visited the Louvre, where he was influenced by the work of Nicolas Poussin. He was famous for his portraits and particularly liked to paint those of artists. He also took an interest in engraving. In 1941, he took refuge in the Zone Libre (free zone), returned to Paris and was imprisoned at Pithiviers. He was allowed to leave for health reasons. Together with his wife and his two sons, he went to the Périgord area. The family settled in a farm and cultivated the land. As one of his sons was arrested, Karl Klein decided to go to Italy via the Alps. He was deported from Florence on October 13, 1943. Most of his paintings have disappeared.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015