Chaim Goldberg

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Chaim Goldberg (March 20, 1917 – June 26, 2004) was a Polish-Jewish artist, painter, sculptor, and engraver. He is known for being a chronicler of Jewish life in the small Polish village (or shtetl) where he was born, Kazmierz Dolny in eastern Poland; and as a painter of Holocaust era art,

Following World War II he emigrated to Israel and in 1967 to the United States, (he and his family became US citizens in 1973). He died in Boca Raton, FL in 2004.

Chaim Goldberg was the youngest person to be accepted to the Polish Academy of Art at the age of seventeen. His work can be found in 32 museums worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The Modern Museum of Art, and Yad Vashem. He knew Marc Chagall and influenced him despite being much younger. Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Nobel Prize winner in Literature also knew him and praised his work glowingly:

 

 

“Because the shtetl’s very essence was faith, it could not be destroyed. It
keeps on living and nourishing our arts. Our roots are still there. It will
remain forever the Jewish artist’s address and source of inspiration. “Chaim
Goldberg came from the Shtetl and remembers its every detail. He is never
abstract but is true to the objects and their divine order. His work is
enriching Jewish art and the image of our tradition.”