Joseph Raynefeld (Jozef Rajnfeld aka)

1908 1940
(Pologne) 1908 /   (France) 1940

Joseph RAYNEFELD (Jozef Rajnfeld, aka)

WARSAW (POLAND) 1908 – SAINTE-FOY-LA-GRANDE (FRANCE) 1940

Joseph Raynefeld spent his childhood in the Jewish district in Warsaw. As his mother died, he was raised by his father. In 1925, after graduating high school, he enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He arrived in Paris in 1928 and joined the Ranson Academy. He befriended Léopold Gottlieb, Moïse Kisling, Roman Kramsztyk, Josef Pankiewicz and Mela Muter, and often visited the Louvre. Form 1932, he travelled to Tuscany, San Gimignano and Arezzo.

 In 1938, he visited Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Libya. Back in Paris in 1940, he walked to Bordeaux and took refuge in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande.

 On 12 July 1940, as the German army arrived in the village, he committed suicide.

 His drawings have been kept at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (museum of Jewish art and history) in Paris, where they were exhibited in the fall of 1999.