Etchings by Lucien Madrassi

5 January 2016

Lucien Madrassi was born in Paris in 1881 and became a member of the Salon des Artistes Français in 1906.  Madrassi was a skilled draughtsman and printmaker and in 1924 he went to Krakow to begin work on a suite of etchings depicting the lives of Polish, Ukrainian and Russian Jews in the Pale of Settlement. These etchings, made in a small edition of 435 to illustrate ‘Un Royaume de Dieu’, form a precious record of the lives of the Jews of Eastern Europe; Madrassi could not have imagined that he was recording a way of life soon to be cruelly destroyed. In 1928, shortly after making these beautiful and intimate etchings Lucien Madrassi won the Prix Puvis de Chavannes. Lucien Madrassi died in 1956.