Léopold Séménovitch Sinaieff-Bernstein received a traditional education. He had a talent for drawing, wood carving, and modeling. He studied at the Art Academy of Vilnius. In 1881, he arrived in Paris and took sculpture classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Jules Dalou and Auguste Rodin. In 1893, Sinaieff-Bernstein exhibited his works at the official exhibitions in Paris and was awarded a silver medal at the World Fair in 1900. He was decorated with the Legion of Honor in 1903. That same year, he was awarded a third class medal.
During the Occupation, he did not worry and continued to work. He was arrested and interned in Drancy. Thanks to his connections, he was released two weeks later. On January 22, 1944, he was summoned to the police station. He was interned in Drancy and deported on January 3, 1944 in convoy number 67. He was murdered by the Nazis.
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"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
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