Henryk Berlewi

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Henryk Berlewi (October 20, 1894 in Warsaw – August 2, 1967 in Paris) was a Polish Jewish painter, graphic designer and art theorist. Berlewi is primarily remembered as an abstract artist who paved the way for optical art, but he was also an important figure in Yiddish book design and typography in the early 1920s.


Henryk Berlewi was born in Warsaw to an assimilated Polish Jewish family. He studied art in Antwerp and Paris, and was active in Polish art circles. In 1918-1922, Berlewi focused on Jewish themes. He drew portraits of many Jewish writers and artists, among them Uri Zvi Grinberg.[1]


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