Georges Merkel (Jerzy Merkel aka)

1881 1976
(Ukraine) 1881 /   (Autriche) 1976

Georges Merkel was born into a modest family. He earned his living by decorating apartments and began his artistic learning at the School of Decorative arts in Lodz with Josef Mehoffer and Stanisla Wyspianski. In 1903, thanks to a friend’s financial support, he enrolled into the School of Fine Arts in Krakow, and was awarded the silver medal two years later.

He was attracted very early on to Paris, the city of great masters and classicism. He arrived in Paris in 1905 and lived there for three years before returning to Krakow. In 1909, he moved back to Paris and got married.

During World War I, Merkel was enlisted in the Austrian army. He was seriously wounded in 1917, underwent a brain surgery and risked blindness. In the interwar period, he lived in Vienna. In 1939, Merkel returned to France and took refuge in Montauban.

After the Liberation, he went back to Paris and settled in Plessis-Robinson. He spent the last years of his life in Vienna.