Georges Goldkorn Polish, 1905-1961

Georges Goldkorn grew up in a Hassidic family and followed religious studies in a Yeshiva prior attending high school at the age of 15. After graduating, he followed the advice of the expressionist painter Henryk Gottlieb and joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 1927 he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Brussels. A year later, he took classes taught by Isidore Opsomer and Rik Wooters at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 1940, the invasion of Belgium forced him to move to France. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Polish army and was detained in the Gurs internment camp. Goldkorn managed to escape and joined the Resistance in Lyon. After the war, he settled in Paris and grew a reputation as a figurative painter. Expanding his oeuvre, in 1956, Golkorn produced eighteen etchings and nine wood engravings for Images de Sefarad, a book on the history of Spanish Judaism, prefaced by Jean Cassou and Cecil Roth, published by Caracteres. Goldkorn also illustrated Philon d'Alexandrie (Philo of Alexandria), published by Marcel Bruker in 1962.