1877 – 1961
Born in Warsaw 1877, his family moved the Britain in 1883.
Studied at the Royal Academy 1895 – 1898 and received the 1st Silver Medal for Drawing. Whilst at the Royal Academy, he accompanied William Rothenstein to draw characters of recent Jewish immigrants in the synagogues of East London. He decided to study Judaism as a result of it and went for an extended period in Poland between 1903 and 1906. In 1907 he was hailed as a young Jewish Rembrandt in Berlin. His style and subject matter changed after Roger Fry’s 1910 Post-Impressionist exhibition in London and his trip to France in 1911, where he encountered the Fauvist movement. He was involved with the Vorticist group of artists in London and was one of the leaders of the avant-garde before the first World War.
He worked for the theatre (posters, costume design) and also executed stained glass including a window for St. Mary’s church in Slough, 1915. He was one of the prime movers in setting up the Ben Uri Art Society. He stayed in New York (1919-1920) resulting in a series of cityscapes.
He had several solo exhibitions in London, but also in New York and Paris, in 1975 there was a large-scale retrospective at the Ferens Art Gallery and Museum in Kingston upon Hull.
Public collections include: National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Tate Gallery, British Museum, London; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Jewish Museum, New York.