Leopold Gottlieb

1879 or 18 Drohobych, Ukraine - 1934 Paris

Born in Drohobycz in Poland, Léopold Gottlieb studied from 1896 to 1902 at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych in Kraków under the direction of Jacek Malczewski and Teodor Axentowicz and continued his studies in Munich in Anton Asabeg's studio. A year later, he settled in Paris, where he was closely associated with the Montparnasse artists, and exhibited in the Salon d’Autonme for over two decades. From 1911 to 1912, he was represented with his works in the Salon Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, further presentations took place in the Salon des Tuilleries and the Salon des Indépendants. With the Kraków Group of Five, which he co-founded in 1905, Gottlieb exhibited in Kraków in 1905, in Lviv in 1906, in Vienna in 1906 and 1908, also in Berlin in 1906 and in Warsaw in 1907. Around 1910, he constantly taught at the Becacel School in Jerusalem. In 1912 the artist's first solo exhibition took place in Towarzystwo Przyjaciól in Lviv. Between 1917 and 1919, he exhibited together with the Polish Expressionists, representatives of formism.

The melancholic aura and the deep psychological character of the models are characteristic of the people he portrayed. During the First World War, he fought for the Polish Legion. At that time, he created drawings depicting everyday life that, in addition to the camp, also show portraits of his unit. These were shown alongside lithographs in the "Exhibition of Polish Legions" in Lublin in 1917. After the war, the artist settled in Poland and later in Vienna and Germany. From 1920 to 1930, he was a member of the Vienna Hagenbund. When he returned to France in 1926, various exhibitions took place in galleries in Paris. The artist died in Paris in 1934.