- Bruno Schulz
- Sketch for the Story, My Father Joins the Fire
- pencil on paper
- 6 by 7 7/8 in.
- 15.2 by 20 cm
Thence by descent to the present owner
Born to a wealthy family in Drohobycz, Poland, Bruno Schulz studied architecture at the Lvov Polytechnic. Both a writer and an artist, in the 1920s he began working on the illustrations for The Booke of Idolatry, depicting a world of desire and temptation. His work remained largely overlooked until he gained recognition following the publication in 1933 of his novel Cinnamon Shops, titled in English The House of Crocodiles. This was followed three years later by the novel Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass. He assisted his fiancée with a translation into Polish of Kafka’s The Trial, and in 1938, he was awarded the Polish Academy of Literature's prestigious Golden Laurel award. During WWII he and the other Jews of Drohobycz were forced into a ghetto and almost the entire community was eventually exterminated at the Belzec concentration camp. While initially protected by a German officer who admired his work, Schulz was shot in the street by another German office in 1942.
In the 1970’s his work was rediscovered through a series of exhibitions in France and in Belgium. Schulz is now considered one of the giants of 20th Century Polish literature and art.