Joachim Weingart (Joachim Weingarten aka)

1895 1942
 (Галичина) (Ukraine) 1895 /   (Pologne) 1942

Joachim Weingart’s father, who was a wine merchant, died prematurely, leaving his wife and two children alone. Joachim Weingart left his hometown in 1912 to take drawing classes in Weimar. He exhibited his work for the first time in Lvov in 1912 at the School of Arts and Crafts, and in Vienna in 1914, where he studied at the School of Fine Arts. The industrialist and patron Carol Kratz discovered Weingart’s talent and decided to support him, as he also supported Alfred Aberdam and David Seifert.

In 1916, Weingart visited Berlin for the first time. Following World War I, he returned to Galicia and exhibited his art in Lodz. He went back to Berlin in 1922, where he met Menkès and Alfred Aberdam at the studio of the sculptor Alexander Archipenko. In September 1923, a solo exhibition of his work took place at the head office of the Society of Friends of the Fine Art Academy in Lvov.

In 1923, according to a letter by Menkès, Weingart joined him in Paris, where they shared a room for two years at the Hôtel Médical. He befriended Léon Weissberg and Aberdam, who he had already met in Berlin. In 1925, the four of them exhibited their work at Jan Sliwinski’s gallery Au Sacre du Printemps, in 5 Rue du Cherche-Midi. The Galician friends made up the group of Four.

In 1925, Weingart settled in a studio in Montparnasse. He fell in love with a young French girl, the daughter of a doctor, whom he married despite her parents’ opposition. The dealer René Gimpel took an interest in his painting. Weingart enjoyed a period of success before sinking into depression after his wife and son left him. In 1930, Gimpel signed a contract with him.  In November 1934, Weingart started to draw charcoal sketches for the portrait of Mrs. Gimpel. His health got worse. He was lonely and tragic and shut himself from the world. He continuously worked at his studio, where he was arrested on 30 March 1942, before being interned in Pithiviers.

On 17 July 1942, he was deported on convoy number 6. He was murdered in Auschwitz. His brother committed suicide that same year.