Joseph Sandel writes in his
book, "Umgekumene yidishe kinstler": "There was also
descended from Lodz the painter Dina Matus. Her talent
developed directly after the First World War. Dina
belonged to the group 'Yung Yiddish,' and together with
this group (which included Jankel Adler, Henryk
Barcynski, Marek Swarc, Yitzhok Brauner), they exhibited
in the year 1919 in Bialystok. Later Dina Matus went
over from staluge painting to the theatre
decorations [scenery.] We valued her for her magnificent
designs of costumes and scenery for the plays, 'Tanentsop'
and 'A Goldfaden Play in a Galician Town' (actually one
play-- ed.). The work had antshprakhn the romance
of the first Yiddish theatre in kleynpoyln. Very
successful also were her sets for the play by Jacob
Prager, 'Simkhe Plakhte,' which was exhibited through
the 'Yung Theatre." In this set the artist very nicely
emphasized the specifics of the Yiddish popularity.
Dina Matus had a lot of
knowledge about the demands of a good theatre set, but
[also] of the material concerns of the Yiddish theatres
that had forced her to limit herself to the modest and
more economical resources. Not once was she even jealous
of the Polish theatre, which had disbursed [funds] with
incomparable great financial resources.
D. Matus also designed sets
and costumes for the theatre studio, which created M.
Broderzon-- the 'Ararat' and later also for 'Azazel.' In
earlier times, as an artist, she took up stalung
painting, painting landscapes, flowers, portraits, etc.,
and she also created a portrait of M. Broderzon."
writes: "Dina Matus created sets and costumes for our
first two programs. She was a specialist in designing
About her creations for "Tanentsop,"
Dr. Weichert writes:
"The forms of the costumes
on the stage had been designed by Dina Matus of Lodz.
Never living the Lemberg pritz-- the fine painter
of theatre figurines. She painted the canvas, which they
had fandergeviklt on the rear wall of the stage.
With love she had understood how to put together their
According to the poet
Chaim-Leib Fuchs, in the journal 'Yung Yiddish,' M.
published reproductions of her scenes, and that she
designed sets for an offering of an act from Anski's
"Dybbuk" (under the direction of Moshe Broderzon), which
was staged in Lodz much earlier (?), from the famous
production of the "Vilna Troupe."
In February 1941 M. painted
the sets for the Yiddish revue, "Di goldene pave" in the
Lodz Ghetto. M. was killed by the Nazis.
Sh. E. from
Joseph Sandel-- "Umgekumene
yidishe kinstler?, Warsaw, 1957, Vol. 2, pages
Fuchs-- Dos yidishe literarishe lodz, "Fun
noentn lebn," N.Y., 1957, pages 235, 239.
"Zikhronus," Vol. 2, Tel Aviv, 1961, pages 251,
269, 276, 285, 290.