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Jacques Gotko
Berber Man, Arab with Head Covering 1929 Modernist Oil Painting

1929

$4,000

About

Jacques Gotko (Yankeli Gotkowski) Born Odessa, Ukraine (1899 - 1944) In 1905, At the age of five, Jacques Gotko moved with his family to Paris, to escape the pogroms. Despite the family's difficult financial position, Gotko studied architecture and scenery design at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He worked first as an architect, then as a film set designer, and only later decided to devote himself to painting, especially watercolors and pastels. He was a member of the Circle of Montparnasse, the Jewish School of Paris, a significant group of Jewish artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Sharing a common language (Yiddish) and background that included such notables as Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Jules Pascin, Sonia Delaunay, Elie Nadelman, Moise Kisling, Max Weber and Ossip Zadkine.His paintings were very well received and he exhibited at the Salon d'Automne, Zak Gallery, the Salon des Indépendants and other prestigious galleries. He was well known for his portrait commissions. Despite financial and artistic success, Gotko left Paris in 1935, moving to the small town of Charente, where he devoted all his time and energies to painting. In 1939 a well received exhibition of his Charente watercolors was held at Galerie Jeanne Castel in Paris. This was his last exhibition. In July 1941 Gotko was arrested, first as a Russian subject and then re-arrested, this time as a Jew. He was sent to Compiègne and all the "degenerate" paintings in his studio in Charente were destroyed by the Nazis. While in Compiègne, and later in Drancy, he continued his artistic activities, producing woodcuts, drawings and watercolors, scenes of life in the camp; the barbed wire and watchtowers are notable elements in these works. In 1943 Gotko was sent to the concentration camp in Drancy, and from there deported to the notorious death camp, Auschwitz. Some of the works Gotko produced in the camps came into the possession of fellow internees, such as the artist Isis Kischka or the scientist and historian Georges Wellers. They later donated them to the art collection of Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (Ghetto Fighters' House Museum). Others works by Gotko are in the collection of the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine in Paris.

Details

  • Creator
    Jacques Gotko
  • Creation Year
    1929
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    some craquelure. stable.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3822549793

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