Georges Goldkorn

1907 1961
(Pologne) 1907 /   (France) 1961

Georges Goldkorn grew up in a Hassidic family and followed religious studies in a Yeshiva until the age of fifteen. He then left Talmudic school and enrolled in high school. After graduating high school, he followed the advice of the expressionist painter Henryk Gottlieb and joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, despite his parents’ opposition. In 1927, Goldkorn enrolled in the Royal Academy in Brussels. A year later, he took classes taught by Isidore Opsomer and Rik Wooters at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp.

In 1940, following the invasion of Belgium, he moved to France where he stayed permanently. He acquired French nationality in 1947. During World War II, he enlisted in the Polish army and was interned in the Gurs internment camp. Goldkorn escaped and joined the Resistance in Lyon. After the war, he settled in Paris. He was a figurative painter until 1955. In 1956, Golkorn produced eighteen etchings and carved nine pieces of wood for Images de Sefarad (Sephardi images). This historical book on Spanish Judaism was prefaced by Jean Cassou and Cécil Roth and was published by Caractères. Goldkorn also illustrated Philon d’Alexandrie (Philo of Alexandria) which was published by Marcel Bruker in 1962.