Ismak Kogan

1898 1943
(Ukraine) 1898 /   (Unknown) 1943

Ismak Kogan grew up in a family of nine. His father, who was a cabinetmaker, did not oppose his son’s premature departure to the School of Fine Arts in Odessa.

In 1919, he had to stop studying because of the civil war. He left for Moscow, where he joined the School of Fine Arts. He lived in the Chisinau region for two years before leaving for Berlin, where he attended a painting academy.

Ismak Kogan took an interest in anatomy and mostly painted nudes. He got in touch with the avant-garde in Berlin and decided to continue to study in Paris in 1924. As he suffered from tuberculosis, Kogan left Paris and moved to a sanatorium, where he met Frieda Mandelstamm. They got married in 1926 and moved to Vaudoué, where Frieda opened the family hotel Les Bruyères. Many artists and emigrants from Easter Europe stayed in this hotel. Their son Jankel was born there in 1934.

Kogan worked as a painter in Vaudoué and often returned to his studio in Paris at rue Jules-Chaplain, in the 6 th arrondissement.

He was arrested and internet in 1941 in Pithivier and was then released. He was arrested again in Paris, at rue Blanche, where he was hiding. He was interned in Drancy in November 1942. Kogan, Frieda and her family were deported to Auschwitz on convoy n° 46 on 9 February 1943. They were murdered by the Nazis.