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Jan Lebenstein

1930-1999 b. Belaurs d. Poland

A Holocaust survivor of Polish-Jewish descent, Lebenstein has won countless awards including the Grand Prix of Young Artists in Paris Award and exhibited at such prestigious institutions as The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

A little Bit About Him

Polish Artist, Jan Lebenstein found inspiration in both world and personal culture to create pieces with a lasting impression. Lebenstein was born in Brest Litovsk in 1930. He studied painting at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (1948-54). In his early work, Lebenstein depicts his interactions with everyday reality in Warsaw through a series of nostalgic landscapes. Later, his work reflects themes of human nature and anti-Fascist political dissent. A motif in his work – the monster – echos feelings of despair, loneliness, and hopeless brought by the Holocaust. He paints both naturalistic and stylized subjects in a dramatic convention of dark and rich colors. Lebenstein’s main artistic mediums include gouache, tempera, and oil painting. Additionally, Lebenstein contributed illustrations to many literary works – to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (1974), the “Book of Job” (1979), the “Apocalypse” (1983), and the “Book of Genesis” (1995). Posthumous, his work has found global appreciation and is currently presented in the Modern Museum of Modern Art.

A picture of Jan Lebenstein.

Featured Paintings 

A painting of Axial Figures by Jan Lebenstein.

Axial Figures

Original

 Framed 15.75″ x 14″

Unframed 12.5″ x 11″

Price: $15,000

Axial Figures

Original

 Framed 15.75″ x 14″

Unframed 12.5″ x 11″

Price: $15,000

A painting of "Corps de garde" by Jan Lebenstein.
A painting of Axial Figure by Jan Lebenstein.

“Corps de garde”

 Framed 27.2″ x 19.1″

Price: $5,000

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