30 November 2004
Oil on canvas, 41 by 33 cm.
Provenance: Family of the artist. Recorded in the archives of the Museum "Getto Fighters"; also recorded in the family archive. Adolph Feder was born in Odessa in 1886. He was educated at the Odessa School of Art. As an active member of the Jewish revolutionary movement and a member of the Bund, he was forced to leave Russia in 1906. He settled in Paris in 1908 where he passionately continued his art education in the Julian Academy and in the studio of Henry Matisse. A frequenter of the cafe La Rotonde, he was a close friend of Modigliani, Friez, Mayakovsky and many other artists and poets of his time. Exhibited in the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Independents etc. He had numerous personal and joint exhibitions with Russian artists in Paris, London and New York such as Whitechapel Exhibition, 1921, etc. In 1928, three of his works were shown in Moscow at the Exhibition of the Contemporary French Art (Russian Department). During his lifetime, major museums bought his paintings including the Luxemburg Museum (Paris), and the museums of Grenoble and Brussels. On 4 June 1942 he was arrested and sent to Cherche-Midi prison, from where he was transferred to Drancy. On 13 February 1943 he was deported to Auschwitz where he was murdered. During his imprisonment in Drancy he drew a series of drawings of other prisoners which were exhibited in the museum "Getto fighters" in Tel Aviv in 2002. The same museum, together with the family of the artist is now preparing an exhibition of the works of this tragic and powerful artist.
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