Aizik Adolphe (Aizik Feder aka)

1885 1943
(Ukraine) 1885 /   (Pologne) 1943

After participating in the bundist revolutionary movement, Adolphe Feder, the son of a merchant, left for Berlin. He then attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Geneva. He went to Paris in 1908, studied at the Julian Academy and at Henri Matisse’s studio. He fit in well in Paris, spent time at the Rotonde café and met Othon Friesz, Modigliani and Jacques Lipchitz.

Feder was an art lover and collected Negro and Naïve art. His studio counted many sculptures and paintings bought at the flea market. His collection was confiscated during the war.

In 1923, he published drawings in the press and illustrated several books, including work by Joseph Kessel and Arthur Rimbaud. That same year, he organized a reception in honor of the Russian poet Vladimir Maïakovski, which left a mark on the Parisian bohemian society. Together with Michel Larionov and Ossip Zadkine, he was one of the most active members of the Russian Artists Association, which brought together the artists living at La Ruche.

Adolphe Feder enjoyed travelling and visited the south of France, Brittany, the Basque Country and Algeria. He went to Palestine in 1926, from where he brought several paintings and drawings.

He refused to flee with his friend the sculptor Jacob Loutchansky and stayed in Paris during the Occupation. He was arrested on 4 June 1942 with his wife. After being interned for four months in the Cherche-Midi prison, he was transferred to Drancy and deported on 13 February 1943 on convoy number 48. He was murdered in Auschwitz. His wife managed to run away with an album of drawings that he made in Drancy.