Jacques GOTKO (GOTKOWSKI) 1899 — 1944
Яків ГОТКО • Яков ГОТКО
Jacques Gotko (Yankeli Gotkowski)at the age of five, moved with his family to Paris, where he later studied at the École des Beaux Arts. He worked first as an architect, then as a film set designer, and only later decided to devote himself to painting, especially watercolors and pastels. Gotko exhibited at the Salon d`Automne, the Zak Gallery, and had a particularly successful show at the Jean Castel Gallery in 1939. This, however, would be Gotko`s last exhibition.
He was arrested in 1942 and interned in the concentration camp in Compiégne. There he drew and painted scenes of life in the camp, with barbed wire and watchtowers as notable elements in these works. In 1943 Gotko was sent to the concentration camp in Drancy, and from there deported to a death camp.