Meyer-Miron Kodkine

1887 1940
(Lituanie) 1887 /   (France) 1940

Meyer-Miron KODKINE


Meyer-Miron Kodkine was the son of an ink maker. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Vilnius and later in Moscow, where he exhibited his work. He met his wife in Vilnius and divorced her shortly after the birth of their son. The latter stayed and lived with this mother.

Kodkine moved to Paris in 1924. He had a passion for history and went to the Sainte-Geneviève library, where he studied the lives of the characters that he wished to paint. He was a cultured man and led a simple and studious life.


When the Nazis arrived in France, he did not consider fleeing. However, he listened to his friends’ advice and joined the Exodus movement. As the German army bombed the roads, Kodkine was shot in the temple and died on 10 June 1940. He was buried in Chamarande, twenty kilometers far from Paris.