Nathan Imenitoff

1884 1965
(Lituanie) 1884 /   (France) 1965


Rejitz (Latvia) 1884 - Boulogne-Billancourt (France) 1965


When Nathan Imenitoff was fifteen years old, he quit school to take drawing and modeling classes.


In 1904, his family left the anti-semitic tsarist regime for the United States. He decided to move to Paris and enrolled in the Beaux-Arts.


He married a polish doctor and acquired French nationality. He never returned to Russia.


In 1921, Imenitoff settled in Boulogne-Billancourt. In the interwar years, he used to work with the Belgian architect Henry Lacoste, for whom he notably decorated the Belgian pavilions during the Colonial exhibition in 1931 and the World Exhibition in 1937 (mostly with masks and animal subjects).

He was a member of the jury at the Salon d’Automne from 1930 until World War II.

During the war, he took refuge in the centre of France and adopted a new identity. Many of his hammered lead sculptures were destroyed by the Nazis.

Following the war, he produced a candelabra representing a man with three legs and three arms. He called it the Candelabra of the Universe.


He hardly made a living with his art and lived a modest life. He died in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) in 1965.