Paris was the center of a dramatic artistic
unfolding in Europe between the two world wars. Painters, sculptors,
and musicians from all over Europe and America were drawn to the French
capital, to pursue their art amidst a highly charged creative
in which the now legendary figures of early Modernism were redefining
Art. Among the artists who gathered there was a significant group of
artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Sharing a common language
and background, Jewish artists (such as those included in the Ghez
gravitated toward one another. Congregating around Montparnasse, they
a kind of enclave, which came to be known as The Circle of
or The Jewish School of Paris.
As can be seen from this selection of paintings, many of the artists of The Jewish School of Paris embraced and experimented with various aspects of a new artistic language brought forward by the developing trends and isms of Modern Art.
But World War II would bring this rich creative activity to an abrupt and tragic end. Most of the artists presented here, along with many others, were arrested and interned in the concentration camps of Drancy, Compiègne and Gurs and ultimately deported to death camps. Thus, on many labels accompanying each exhibited work of art, a question mark has been placed where the year of the artist’s death should appear - as in most cases it is not possible to know precisely when he or she died. We know only the year that the artist was arrested and / or sent to a death camp or a concentration camp.
The Oscar Ghez Collection stands not only as a
memorial to artists who perished in the Holocaust, but also as an
record documenting the creative output of 18 artists who were part of
has become known as The Jewish School of Paris. Clearly, Dr. Ghez
showed sensitivity and determination in seeking out and drawing
works by these artists. The Collection is an invaluable living record
humanity's persistent will to create. Dr. Oscar Ghez de Castelnuovo was
awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa from the
of Haifa in 1995.
oil on canvas, 81X65 cm
oil on canvas, 58X44 cm
oil on canvas, 55.5x33 cm
oil on canvas, 61x46 cm
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