Georges Goldkorn

1907 1961
(Pologne) 1907 /   (France) 1961

Georges Goldkorn grew up in a Hassidic family and will continue his religious studies up to the age of 15 years old on the benches of a Yechiva. Then, he leaves the Talmudic school, gets into high school and, after the baccalaureate and on the advice of the expressionist painter Henryk Gottlieb, will take the Academy of the Fine Arts of Krakow, in spite of his parents opposition.

In 1927, the young Goldkorn enrols in the Royal Academy of Brussels. One year later, he takes the classes of Isidore Opsomer and Rik Wooters at the Superior Institute of the Fine Arts and Antwerp. 

In 1940, the invasion of Belgium forces him to exile in France where he settles down definitively. He will be naturalised French in 1947. During the Second World War, he enrols in the Polish army in will be confined in the camp of Gurs. Goldkorn escapes and joins the Resistance in Lyon. After the end of the war, Goldkorn moves to Paris. Figurative painter until then, he definitively breaks up with the real in 1955.

In 1956, Goldkorn makes 18 etchings and nine engraved woods for Images of a Sefarati, historical textbook on Spanish Judaism with a preface written by Jean Cassou and Cecile Roth published by Caractères editions.

His illustration for Philon of Alexandria will be published at Marcel Bruker editions in 1962.
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