Ben Uri collection

Visages du Ghetto Portfolio (portfolio contents page)

Series: Visages du Ghetto

Artist information

Name Paul Jeffay (1898-1957)

Other name Paul Lebeau, Solomon Yaffie, Saül Yaffie, Saül Yafie

Born Glasgow, Scotland

Died Paris, France

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The painter-engraver Paul Jeffay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1898 to Russian Jewish parents and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, winning numerous prizes. He volunteered during the First World War, afterwards settling in Montmartre in Paris around 1919. In 1930, he founded his own studio in ‘Fontenay-aux-Roses’, where he remained (with the exception of the Second World War years) until his death in 1957. He participated in various ‘Salon des Independants’ exhibitions in the 1920s and 1930s, also working under the names Paul Lebeau, and Solomon/Saül Yaffie/Yafie. Between 1933 and 1939, he made three prolonged visits to Poland, studying and sketching the Jewish community in the Warsaw Ghetto. This etching is one of fourteen from the resulting album Visages du Ghetto. Jeffay’s studio was looted by the German Army during the war and only a small portion of his work has survived.

Object Details

Object type printed material

Medium printed ephemera

Accession number 1994-18xvi

Display status not on display

Between 1933 and 1939, Jeffay made three prolonged visits to Poland, studying and sketching the Jewish community in the Warsaw Ghetto. The resulting album of fourteen etchings is known as Visages du Ghetto.


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