Bornfriend, Jacob

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BORNFRIEND, JACOB (Jakub Bauernfreund ; 1904–1976), painter. Bornfriend was born in a Slovak village. Exposed to the art movements of the period between the two world wars, Bornfriend tried and then abandoned impressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He attained a fair standard in each without finding an individual style. In 1939 Bornfriend escaped to England and worked in factories for six years. He returned to his easel with a personality of his own, combining the formal influence of Picasso with the spiritual influence of Jankel *Adler. Bornfriend retained the warmth and bright colors of his early life, combining a sense of strict laws of form with a deep feeling for human pathos.


Garrett, in: Studio, 145 (1953), 160–3; Roth, Art, 831–3.

[Avigdor Dagan]