School of Paris painter of landscapes, portraits and still life. Born at Kiev in Russia. Apprenticed to a goldsmith at the age of thirteen as an engraver, but soon afterwards also began to paint. Left Russia in 1923 and went to Berlin, where in 1925 he exhibited some paintings in a Cubist manner, and designed sets and costumes for the Jewish theatre in Palestine. Moved to Paris, penniless, in 1926 and joined the group of emigré Russian and Polish artists of Jewish origin already working there, Soutine, Kremegne, Kikoine and others. All his surviving work dates from these last six years, 1926-31. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Alice Manteau, Paris, 1929. Worked much in Provence, especially from 1929 onwards, in contact with Othon Friesz. Died at La Garde, near Toulon.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.523