Savely Schleifer’s parents owned a paint manufacturing company. He showed an interest in art from a young age and taught children painting, before going to study at the School of Fine Arts in Odessa. He then attended the School of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, where he studied under the famous painting teacher Ilya Repin. In 1905, Savely Schleifer arrived in Paris and exhibited his work at the Salon des Indépendants and at the Salon des Tuileries.
When World War I broke out, he was enlisted in the Russian army and joined the special camouflage brigade. During the Revolution in 1917, he returned to Saint Petersburg and founded an art school where he taught drawing and painting. In 1922, he became a professor at the School of Decorative Arts in Leningrad. Later, he taught in a film school and specialized in make-up and costumes. In 1927, Schleifer returned to Paris. He was arrested in June 22, 1941 and was interned at the camp in Compiegne. On September 5, 1943, he was transferred to Drancy. On May 15, 1944, he was deported on convoy number 73. He was murdered by the Nazis.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015