Aron Haber Beron

1908 1933
(Pologne) 1908 /   (Pologne) 1933

When Aron Haber Beron settles down in France, he has people call him Beron in order to distinguish himself from his brother. Tévié, the artist’s brother, arrives in France in 1927, meets with the famous art dealer Zborowski and shows him the drawings of his then nineteen-years-old brother. Zborowski is fond of his work and decides to have him come from Poland. The art dealer has him sign a contract and buys everything he paints and draws. The merchant also commits to buy Tévié’s works yet with less enthusiasm.

In Paris, Aron Haber Beron visits the Louvre. During his second year, he is stricken by a mental illness which will keep worsening over time. Doctors send him to La Ciotat to rest and, following this trip, his state of health seems to get better. He comes back to Paris, goes back to the Louvre and paints day and night. An afternoon at the Louvre, he suddenly starts shouting: “I am a great painter; my paintings must be shown in the Louvre!” Following this event, the police will confine him in Saint-Anne, the main Parisian mental institution. Madam Zborowski looks after him and visits him regularly.

The Zborowskis have him transferred in a private hospital. In this new hospital, Haber Beron keeps painting and sends his works to the art dealer. However, soon after his confinement in the private hospital, he escapes to the Zborowkis’ who advise him to go back to his parent’s in Lodz. Haber Beron will keep on sending his paintings to Paris.

Zborowski shows his works to René Gimpel who, in turn, becomes a fan of this painter and buys several paintings. Gimpel contemplates the idea of writing a monograph of Haber Beron. The artist dies 3 years after his arrival back in Poland of the consequences of a hunger strike at 25 years old.
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