BENN (Rabinowicz Benejou)
Bialystok 1905-1989 Paris (Russian / French)
Benn grows up in Bialystok where his grandfather is a rabbi and his father an architect.
Between 1926 and 1930, the artist is dedicated to the theatre scenery. His first private exhibition takes place in 1927 in his native city.
In 1928, Benn goes to Warsaw, he joins an atelier and exhibits his works at the Warsaw Exhibition. The same year, he helps organizing the Bialystok Winter Exhibition.
In 1929, his city offers him a grant to study three years in Paris. He meets there his future wife GuÃ©ra in 1938 and is granted French citizenship.
In 1930 in Paris, Benn often goes to the Modern Academy of Fernand LÃ©ger.
In 1941, Benn and his wife are locked up in the Beaune-la-Rolande prison camp. It is said that they have been released thanks to the intervention of professor Marcel BrulÃ© and Lo Duca. Benn remains hidden for twenty-six months during which he is protected by Jean Paulhan. At that time he works on small-sized supports to deal with biblical topics.
After the Liberation, Benn comes back to Paris for good.
Portrait of a Woman with a Scarf
oil on board
signed in the middle lower margin
condition some paint loss
Provenance: The collection of Uri and Rami Nehostan, the Art Museum in Ashdot Yaacov, Israel. The work bears the Museum label verso.
Note: This work will be shipped from Israel.
estimation 800-1200 $
starting price 350$