Jewish Man Carrying Water

Abraham [Adolf] Behrman (Ryga 1876-1943 Bialystok)

Painter and draughtsman. He started his study in Jakub Kacenbogen's Drawing School in Lodz. From 1900 to 1904 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Gabriel von Hackl and then in Paris from 1905 to 1910. Afterwards he settled in Lodz where he showed his works for the first time in 1912 and, later becoming the owner of the private School of Fine Arts. In 1916 Behrman was one of founders of the Society of the Artists and Votaries of Fine Arts in Lodz. He travelled frequently, visiting Tunisian, Algier, Italy, Spain, France and German. In 1924 he moved to Palestine and Egypt for three years. From 1932 to 1935 he lived in Maroco. He participated at exhibitions at the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1912) and in Municipal Gallery in Lodz (1925 and 1927). He made presentations in New York, Hamburg, Palestine and Maroco too. After the outbreak of World War II he escaped to Bialystok where in 1941, after German aggression he tried to commit suicide. In the Bialystok ghetto he worked as a supervisor in Oskar Steffens's copies workshop and with other Jewish artists painted copies of the Old Masters. He died during the liquidation of the ghetto. He painted postimpressionistic landscapes, portraits and genre scenes from his numerous voyages.

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