Boris Borvine-Frenkel

1895 1984
(Pologne) 1895 /   (France) 1984

Borvine-Frenkel grows up in the countryside, he receives a traditionnal jewish education. Working as an engraver trainee during WWI, he goes to Lvov in 1919 where he attends architecture classes.

In 1920, after a short stay at the prison of Warsaw for his anarchistic activities he decides to go to Berlin. These years seem conclusive, he strikes up with the Jewish intellectual and literary environments and meets Elsa Lasker Shüler, Peretz Markish et Haïm Nahman Bialik.

Then Borvine-Frenkel enlists as a sailor on a cargo boat and goes around the world from Africa to Australia.

In 1924, he stops in Paris but leaves immediatly for Brussels where he'll live until 1930. He paints all the time and finishes his studies at the École des Arts Décoratifs. From his stay in Brussels remains soft tones and smooth shapes works. Frenkel is also interested in theater and makes the settings for an Andreiev play called Les sept pendus. He opens a workshop of dramatic art and gives a few performances of plays from the Yiddish and Russian repertoire.

In 1930, the Beaux Arts Museum of Brussels consecrates an exhibition to him. But soon after this he's expelled from Belgium and finds refuge in Paris from where he'll leave in order to escape the German Army.

In 1937 he's part of the foundation of the Jewish Painters Association which brings together 200 artits.

In 1939 he takes refuge in the South West of France, after the war, so preoccupied by the loss of his relatives and friends, he takes care of the association and organizes the edition of Nos Artistes magazine.

While he's still doing his researches on painting, he's also an art and literary critic for the yiddish newspaper Unzer Stimme.
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