Born in 1894 in Warsaw,
Poland. From his early years, he manifested artistic
gifts and studied in a gymnasium. At the same time he
attended the Warsaw art school.
In 1910 his parents sent him
to the art academy in Antwerp. Two years later he
entered into the Paris "École des Beaux-Arts," where
under the influence of Picasso and Braque he began to
create cubist experiments.
On the eve of the the
outbreak of the First World War he returned to Warsaw
and had his first exhibition in the national Polish
museum, "Zachęta." In 1922 he settled in Berlin, where
he participated in the exhibition of the avant-garde "Novembergruppe,"
and also belonged to the "Storm Group." In 1924 he again
returned to Warsaw and immediately published prominently
in a place of honor for artistic avant-garde of Poland.
In the same year there was arranged an exhibition of his
constructive abstractions -- a synthesis of geometric
figures with moralistic elements, which had evoked a
sharp discussion and created a scandal.
B. was a member of the
"Society for the Dissemination of Jewish Arts" in
Warsaw, working for the Yiddish small arts theatres "Azazel"
In 1926 he went away to
Paris, where he broke over his experiments in the file
of abstract art and returned to the graphic arts and to
academic portrait painting.
During the years of the
Second World War, together with his mother, whom at the
age of seventy-nine by herself began to paint fantastic
flower compositions, which were with great enthusiasm
became oyfgenumen through the entire French
criticism, residing in Southern France. After the
Liberation, he returned to Paris and forgot his artistic
In 1957 the "re-discovery"
in him, as founder of constructive painting. In the
"Kress" gallery in Paris, when an exposition, "50 Years
of Abstract Painting," exhibited to be an image from
1924 of Warsaw, and he was recognized as one of the
pioneers of the arts. In 1962 he participated in the
large Paris exposition in the "Palais de la Découverte,"
dedicated to the influence of mathematical formulas in
the important art journals a letter that constitutes a
substantive analysis of the abstract arts, and the
socialistic realism. In February 1965 he came to
America, where his pictures were exhibited in the Museum
of Modern Art, and he was warmly received by the Polish
Jews in New York.
On 4 August 1967 passed away
from cancer in Paris.
Sh.L. Schneiderman --
Henryk Berlewi, the World-Famous Yiddish Painter, on
his First Visit to America, "Daily Morning Journal,"
N.Y., 7 March 1965.