Moise (Moshe) Kogan

Born in Orgeiew (or Argeiur), Bessarabia (1879 - ?)

Moise Kogan was educated in the spirit of Jewish tradition, but in 1903 he enrolled in the Art Academy of Munich. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he was both influenced and appreciated by Maillol. While exhibiting his work at the Salon d'Automne in 1925, Kogan was elected vice president of the sculpture committee, a remarkably unusual appointment for an émigré artist. Kogan also exhibited in other Parisian galleries, as well as in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, and other German cities. Kogan made terracotta figurines and marble, wood, and limestone sculptures, which were very appealing to art lovers in Paris. He was also a master of woodcut, linocut, and lithography. He was interested in the Bible, Jewish history, and mysticism, as well as cultures of the East. His works can be found in museums and private collections in Europe, America, and Israel.

Kogan was arrested by the Vichy Police and interned in the concentration camp at Drancy. He was deported to a death camp on February 22, 1943.

A memorial exhibition of Kogan's work was held at the Zak Gallery in Paris in 1947.

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Moise (Moshe) Kogan
Moise (Moshe) Kogan
Standing Nude
bronze, 47.5x10x10 cm.