Henryk Gotlib(1890-1966), Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist of 67 portraits
Born in Cracow he studied at the Cracow Academy of Fine Art and then in Vienna, Munich and Paris before the First World War. His first solo show was in Warsaw (1918). He became the leader of the Polish avant-garde 'Formist' movement, exhibiting in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, and was an influential writer and teacher in Poland. In 1939 he was forced into exile and settled in Britain, exhibiting with the London Group. His work, principally in figure painting, represents an important element in the development of British painting and sculpture: the assimilation of European trends and the invigoration of British art following the diaspora in Central Europe under Communism and Nazism.