Karl Klein

1898 1943
(République Tchèque) 1898 /   (Unknown) 1943



Karl Klein, who was the son of a lawyer, was sent by his family to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Shortly after he arrived, he changed courses and turned to painting. He lived in Berlin for six years.

In 1926, Karl Klein got married and arrived in Paris. He had a passion for classical painting and often visited the Louvre, where he was influenced by the work of Nicolas Poussin. He was famous for his portraits and particularly liked to paint artists. He also took an interest in engraving.

In 1941, he took refuge in the Zone libre (free zone), returned to Paris and was imprisoned at Pithiviers. He was allowed to leave for health reasons. Together with his wife and his two sons, he went to the Périgueux region. The family settled in a farm and cultivated the earth. As one of his sons was arrested, Karl Klein decided to go to Italy through Haute-Savoie.


He was deported from Florence on 13 October 1943. Most of his paintings have disappeared.