Alice HALICKAJanuary 2, 2019
Aron HABER BERONJanuary 2, 2019
CRACOVIE (POLOGNE) 1880 – 1956 PARIS
Until very recently, little was known of Nathan Grunsweigh. His fate, and that of his family, remained a mystery. He was born in Krakow in 1880, and sometime between 1901 and 1915, he immigrated to Antwerp, Belgium. A Few years later, he settled in the western suburb of Le Vésinet, France with his wife Fanny and their three children. His work revolved around the landscapes of his neighborhood and of Le Vésinet: the villas by the park, the lake, the Croissy bridge, or the Le Select cinema near the train station.
In 1926, he had an exhibition at the Gallery Pierre. He exhibited around twenty paintings of landscapes of the suburbs and still life. Gustave Kahn wrote of him in the Mercure de France on June 15, 1926,(...) “Grunsweigh ‘paints the suburbs of Paris with love.’” Critics noted his nuanced emotion, modesty, and honesty, calling him a sincere, conscientious, and knowledgeable artist.(...)
Nathan Grunsweigh, and his entire family escaped deportation during the war. He died of old age in 1956 and was buried in the Montparnasse cemetery.