Roman Kramsztyk - Varsaw - 1885 - Varsaw - 1942
Born in Warsaw to a middle-class family, Kramsztyk studied painting between 1903 and 1904 at the Fine Art Academy in Warsaw and then in the studio of Adolf Edouard Herstein. He moved to Munich where he enrolled in the Fine Art Academy.
In 1911 he exhibited in Paris at the Salon d’Automne, and exhibited his works in Berlin and Barcelona in 1912. His 1913 exhibition in Cracow was a great success.The following ten years were punctuated by frequent travel in Poland with his wife, who was the sister of the painter Louis Marcoussis.
He lived in Paris for four years and when the First World War broke out, he returned to Poland.
In 1932, he moved back to Paris and lived in rue Denfert-Rochereau. He worked on paintings commissioned by industrialists and politicians while dividing his time between Paris and Poland, returning to Warsaw just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Shifted to the Warsaw ghetto, Kramsztyk made it his personal mission to depict the war atrocities and a notebook of dramatically realistic drawings was later found and conserved in Israel.
He was wounded by a SS soldier and died on 6 August 1942.
Nadine Nieszawer, Marie Boyé, Paul Fogel
"Peintres Juifs à Paris 1905-1939 Ecole de Paris"
Editons Denoel 2000