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Henri Epstein

November 8, 2010

Lodz, Ukraine 1891 – Auschwitz, Poland 1944

When Henri Epstein was three years old his father died and he was raised by his mother. She always encouraged his artistic talent. He studied art at the Jakub Kacenbogen Drawing School in Lodz and the Fine Art Academy in Munich. In 1912, he visited Paris for the first time but left to serve in the Polish army. In 1913 he returned to Paris and became a member of La Ruche and La Grande Chaumiere Academy. His initially fauvist style evolved later towards expressionism. In February 1944, he was arrested in Epernon by three Gestapo agents. Despite the efforts of his friends and his wife (the painter George Dorignac’s daughter) he was interned in Drancy and deported to Auschwitz where he was murdered.

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