Isaac Celnikier, painter and etcher was born in Warsaw in 1923. He was obsessed with the idea of memory and omission : locked up in the Bialystok ghetto in 1941, he will be sent to concentration camps of Stutthof, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Flossenburg and Dachau. After the war, Isaac Celnikier starts studying art in Prague from 1946 to 1951. In 1955, he is involved in the « Contre la guerre, contre le fascisme » (« Against war, against fascism ») exhibition in Warsaw. He settles in Paris in 1957. In his work , he is comitted to pass on grafically the memory of all these tragic events. André Malraux will make him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1967. Two major exhibitions will display his work : one in Toulouse (Musée des Augustins, 1991) and one in Montpellier (Musée Fabre, 1993). The artist will be awarded the « Mémoire de la Shoah » prize in 1993 by the French Jewish Fondation.
EXPRESSIONISM/1900-1932 / Cuno Amiet, Auguste Chabaud, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Egon Schiele, Chaïm Soutine, etc.
Nuit de départ 1989 Original etching, aquaforte, signed in pencil, extracted from the album "La mémoire gravée".