Ilex beller schteitale

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Scenes from Jewish Life in Eastern Europe before WWII

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  • Hello - Thank you for posting the scenes from the Jewish Life in Eastern Europe before WWII. I think I have a Ilex Beller original oil painting. I purchased it from an estate sale because the people in painting seem so real. The sellers, nieces of the purchaser of the painting, said their uncle traveled the world and picked up obscure art. He said this was one of his favorite pieces. They could not identify the painter. I think they may have thought it was Geller, not Beller, on the signature. I would appreciate any information or help you could give me in finding someone who would know Ilex Beller's work would be much appreciated. Very best regards, Lori Allen, Ames, Iowa
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Ilex beller schteitale

  1. 1. Oyfn veg shteyt a boym, Sung by Chava Alberstein Ilex Beller was born in 1914, in Grodzisko,  a Jewish village in the south of Poland. In 1936 he joined the International Brigades in Spain and was wounded in the B attle of Teruel. In 1939, he served as a volunteer in a French army infantry unit. In 1940 he was severely wounded during the campaign of Peronne on the River Somme and was decorated for bravery. In 1944, after the liberation, he worked as a furrier in Paris. He had always dreamed of painting so after his retirement at the age of 59 he devoted himself to art. His works have been exhibited in the cultural center of the Marais in Paris and in the Gallery of Fine Arts in Brussels. Some of his paintings are now in the Museum of Arts Naïve on the Ile de France and the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. His paintings emulate his childhood memories, he portrays a vanished world, a thousand-year-old Jewish life on Polish soil, which the Nazis have destroyed forever. He belongs to the last generation of Polish Jews, and thus is cognizant of the life in the Schtetl.  As a painter of memory, he gives us the Schtetl as seen through the eyes of a young boy, in a mixture of reality and dream where his colors delight us. ILEX BELLER, Naïve Painter. Part 2 Paintings of Ilex Beller, collected by Arthur
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