Joachim Weingart (Joachim Weingarten aka)

1895 1942
 (Галичина) (Ukraine) 1895 /   (Pologne) 1942

Weingart’s wine merchant father died prematurely, leaving his wife alone to raise two sons.

In 1912 Weingart moved to Weimar to study drawing. The same year he exhibited for the first time in Lvov at the Technical Art School, then in Vienna in 1914 where he studied at the Fine Art Academy. The industrialist and art patron Carol Kratz discovered Weingart’s talent and began supporting him. Alfred Aberdam and David Seifert also benefited from Kratz’s support.

In 1916 Weingart visited Berlin for the first time. After the First World War he returned to Galicia and exhibited in Lodz.

In 1922 he went back to Berlin where he met Menkés and Alfred Aberdam in Alexander Archipenko’s atelier. In September 1923 the Society of Friends of the Fine Art Academy in Lvov organised a solo exhibition of Weingart’s work.

In 1923 he joined Menkès in Paris and shared his room at the Hotel Mèdical for the next two years.

In 1925 Weingart settled in a Montparnasse atelier and fell in love with a French doctor’s daughter, whom he married despite her parents’ opposition. Rene Gimpel showed interest in his painting and Weingart enjoyed a period of success before sinking into a depression when his wife and son left him.

In 1930 he signed a contract with Gimpel. In November 1934, Weingart began the charcoal sketches for Madame Gimpel’s portrait. His health worsened.  Alone and in a tragic condition, he shut himself in his atelier and painted furiously. On March 30, 1942 he was arrested in his atelier and interned in Pithiviers.

On July 17, 1942 he was deported on convoy n°6 and assassinated in Auschwitz. His brother committed suicide the same year.