Marcel Lherman was born into a Polish Jewish family who had lived in Paris since 1897. He grew up in Montmartre where his parents ran a furniture business. He studied at a secular school and at the same time took Hebrew classes at the Consistory. Later, following family tradition, he opened a furniture store and dealt with furniture painting. He gave up this activity and enrolled in the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere. Marcel Lherman worked as a draftsman for the Parisian journal L’Homme. In 1941, he took refuge in Marseille and later in Nice, where he painted folk scenes. He was arrested in Nice as he was trying to escape. After being shot by the Gestapo, he was interned in Compiegne. There, he illustrated Dr Brajtman’s writings but could not finish his work due to a lack of paper. On June 5, 1942, he was deported on convoy number 2. He was murdered by the Nazis.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015