Annotated Bibliography

Bartoszewki, Władisław, Zofia Lewinówna, and Ewa Frysztak. Ten Jest Z Ojczyzny Mojej. Krakow: Znack, 1969. Print. Rough translation: He is of/from my Fatherland. The book is all in Polish. On page 1029, the book states that a man named Jozef Kulig moved out on the eve of the liquidation of “small ghetto” of the Warsaw Ghetto, 3 women and 2 children (including Jurek Rynecki-Trask and his mother’s Brokman family and placed them in Podkowa Leśna (“Warsaw life” 1968, 31 III-1 IV).  Jurek Ryneckiego-Trask was my grandfather’s wartime name. Brokmana was the cousin my father also hid with during the war.

Cieślińska-Lobkowicz, Nawojka. Who Owns Bruno Schulz? The Changing Postwar Fortunes of Works of Art by Jewish Artists Murdered in Nazi-Occupied Poland. Presented at the International Conference organized by the Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WWII in Prague 21-22 October 2015. notes, “Dr Cieślińska-Lobkowicz writes about the double standard in Poland which talks of the necessity for provenance research, supervision of the art market, and the implementation of restitution procedures in other countries, within the context of the Polish authorities’ efforts to recover looted art taken out of Poland.” The article examines the case of three artists who perished in the Shoah: Ralf Immergluck, Mosze Rynecki, and Bruno Schulz.

Dulęba, Agnieszka. Ikonografia Żydów w Polsce1874 – 1945. This appears to be an academic paper that Ms. Duleba wrote for The Institute of Art History, College of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities UW.  Pages 16-17 contain some commentary about his work.

Eis, Ruth.  Moshe Rynecki: 1881–1943.  Museum Exhibition Catalog (Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, November 8, 1981–January 17, 1982). Features commentary by curator Ruth Eis as well as reprints of many of the works included in the exhibition.

Kopówka, Edward. Żydzi Siedleccy. Siedlce: E. Kopówka, 2001. Print.  Written in Polish, this book contains an excerpt of the Marian Trzebinski book about an encounter with Moshe Rynecki (Read the translation from Polish to English here). The excerpt appears in this book on pp. 90-92.

Kwartalnik historii kultury materialnej.  Instytut Historii Kultury Materialnej (Polska Akademia Nauk); Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii (Polska Akademia Nauk).  Publisher: Warszawa, Panstwowe Wydawn Naukowe.  Volume 16. 1968.  Pages 426-427 contains a few paragraphs about the history of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the creation of its collection.  At the time of the publication of this piece, the museum said its collection of Jewish art (painting, sculpture, graphics) included more than 1,100 items, including works Moshe Rynecki.

Makowska, Urszula  in Słownik artystów polskich i obcych w Polsce działających (zmarłych przed 1966 r.) : malarze, rzeźbiarze, graficy. T. 9, Ro-Rz. Work on this Dictionary of Polish Artists by the National Institute of Arts, began in the 1950s. The four page entry about Moshe Rynecki (pp. 388-391) is pretty recent because it includes some contemporary information about him. I have not yet had the pages translated.

Malinowski, Jerzy. Malarstwo i rzeźba Żydów Polskich w XIX i XX wieku. Warszawa: Wydawn. Naukowe PWN, 2000. Page 270 contains a lengthy paragraph on the work of Mojzesz Rynecki and his extensive studies of poor Jewish neighborhoods in Warsaw. Malinowski also cites the titles, subjects, and dates several paintings to illustrate the types of subjects Rynecki focused on in his work. Page 271 contains six color photographs of Rynecki paintings. These works portray market scenes, men in Temple, and people at work. The book is in Polish. The book is also online at a Polish digital library and can be read by with DjVu software.

Musierowicz, Małgorzata. Kiedyś, w Polsce [Once, in Poland]. This review of the 2004 exhibition, “Nasi Bracia Starsi [Our Older Brothers],” appears on the website: Dialog:Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue. The piece, written by Małgorzata Musierowicz, a popular Polish author of books for children and teenagers, is a review of the exhibition. In the piece she writes, “We all know who was and how painted Jan Gotard, Maurycy Gottlieb and Roman Kramsztyk – but how many of us are familiar with the names of great painters such as Mojżesz Rynecki, Maurycy Trębacz, Artur Markowicz, Wilhelm Wachtel or Samuel Hirschenberg?” Emphasis is mine. The catalog from this exhibition is below in this bibliography under the name: Tanikowskiego, Artura.

Odorowski, Waldemar. In Kazimierz the Vistual River Spoke to Them in Yiddish: Jewish Painters in the Art Colony of Kazimierz. Kazimierz Dolny: Muzeum Nadwisłanskie in Kazimierz Dolny, 2008. Chapter one written by Renata Piątkowska is titled “I Come from Kazimierz…” Printed in both Polish and English, it is a piece about the artistic wonders and literary legends who came to Kazimierz Dolny to draw, paint, and write. It speaks of the art colony’s charm and the atmosphere it offered successive generations of artists. Pages 31 and 37 contains mention of pieces Moshe Rynecki’s made in the town. The back portion of the book titled, “Artist End Their Works” (I’m guessing it’s supposed to be “…And Their Works”) contains a brief biography of Mojzesz Rynecki (p 201) with a self-portrait and on pages 202 and 203 there are photographs of 5 of Rynecki’s paintings; 4 in color and one in black and white: Magid (1937), Market in Kazimierz on the Vistula (1937), Kazimierz on the Vistula, Market (undated), At a Market (1937), and Two Jews on a street of a little town, 1932.

Piątkowska, Renata. Dzień powszedni i święto żydowskie w twórczości Mojżesza RyneckiegoKultura żydowska na Mazowszu. Edited by Zbigniew Kruszewski and Andrzej Kansy. Płock : Towarzystwo Naukowe Płockie, 2004. This journal contains essays from this 2004 conference. An approximate translation of the title is, “Mazovia, the Jews, history, architecture, customs.” The article written by Ms. Piątkowska translates to roughly, “Weekday and feast of the Jews in the work of Moshe Rynecki.” pp. 34-44 contain her article. The piece also includes some black and white images of several Moshe Rynecki paintings.

Piątkowska, Renata. In Kazimierz the Vistual River Spoke to them in Yiddish –: Jewish painters in the art colony of Kazimierz Author: Waldemar Odorowski, Muzeum Nadwisłanskie in Kazimierz Dolny, 2008. A chapter in the book by Piątkowska includes mention of Moshe Rynecki.

Piotrowska, Bogna (translator). The Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute: Arts and Crafts. Warsaw, 1995. The introduction contains mention of Mojzesz Rynecki.

Piwocki, Ksawery;  Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie.  Historia Akademii Sztuk Pieknych w Warszawie 1904-1964.  Wrocław : Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, 1965.  [Translation: History of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.]  Page 211 of the book lists Rynecki, Moszek as having attended the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts during the 1906/1907 school year.  Moshe would have been in his mid 20s during this time period. ALSO of note, in 1907, “A Report of the hitherto activity of the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw for the period: March 1904 – June 1907″ was published and this document contains information about Moshe’s attendance at the school. 

Podhorizer-Sandel, Erna and Morawski, Karol.  35 Lat Dzialalnosci Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego W Polsce Ludowej. Zydowski Instytut Historyczny W Polsce. [Loose Translation: 35 Years of The Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland.] pp. 111112 contain commentary about Mojzesk Rynecki (18851942).  Museum and exhibition catalog.

Pogonowski, Iwo Cyprian. Jews in Poland—A Documentary History: The Rise of Jews as a Nation from Congressus Judaicus in Poland to the Knesset in Israel. Hippocrene Books, Inc. Page 218 contains a painting by Moshe Rynecki of men playing chess.

Rynecki, George. Surviving Hitler in Poland: One Jew’s Story. Victoria, Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2005. A collection of vignettes written by Moshe Rynecki’s son. The stories recall pre-war Europe, his father’s life, and the Holocaust.

Rynecki, Elizabeth, edJewish Life in Poland: The Art of Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). Victoria, Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2005. A color catalog of  Moshe Rynecki’s art.

Rynecki, Elizabeth, “Moshe Rynecki: A Window to the Past.” Guest blog entry. J Art Blog.  Jewish Art Education.  13 February 2013.

Rynecki, Elizabeth, “Art Reflects Our Identity.” Guest blog entry. J Art Blog.  Jewish Art Education.  15 July 2013.

Rynecki, Elizabeth, “Lost, Forgotten, Looted, or Destroyed: A Great-Granddaughter’s Search for her Art Legacy.” (pp. 107-110) The Journal of Art Crime.  Spring 2013 (volume 9)

Rynecki, Elizabeth, Uncomment: Elizabeth Rynecki on a Lost Chance (p. 16) The Museums Association Museums Journal.  Issue 113/11.  November 2013.

Rynecki, Elizabeth,  Stories Behind the Canvases – My Relationship to an Art Legacy Guest blog entry. My Art: Lives Blog. 10 November 2013

Rynecki, Elizabeth, Untitled? #mrynecki Guest blog entry. MuseumLines Blog.  21 January 2014

Rynecki, Elizabeth, Jewish Heir Searching for Lost Family Art The Huffington Post. 23 April 2014

Rynecki, Elizabeth, The Art of Moshe Rynecki The Huffington Post. 11 June 2014

Rynecki, Elizabeth, Shadows of the Past and the Winds of War The Huffington Post. 4 September 2014

Sandel, Yosef. Perished Jewish Artists of Poland—Second Volume. (Read the translation from Yiddish here.)Information about Jewish artists from Poland who perished in the Holocaust. This excerpt from the book focuses on the passages in regards to Moshe Rynecki.

Schneid, Otto. Schneid’s papers at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Canada includes research materials for his unpublished book on 20th century Jewish artists in Europe. The materials related to Moshe Rynecki include handwritten correspondence from Moshe Rynecki in Polish and Yiddish as well as a typed letter in German, black and white photographs of Moshe Rynecki paintings, and newspaper clippings. 

Tanikowski, Artur.   Malarze zydowscy w Polsce.  Warszawa: Edipresse Polska, S.A., 2007.  The second volume of a book about Jewish Painters in Poland.  The book is written entirely in Polish.  Page 18 contains a brief paragraph about Moshe.  Page 19 shows a self-portrait.  Pages 20 and 21 contain images of three Rynecki paintings (Tokarz, W greplarni, and Gra w pilke).  ISBN: 978-83-7477-213-6

Tanikowskiego, Artura, editor of the exhibition catalog at Galeria U Jezuitow 13 stycznia (January) – 7 lutego (February) 2004, Poznan. Nasi Bracia Starsi: Malarstwo, rysunek i grafika ze zbiorow Zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego w Warszawie (translation: Our older brothers: painting, drawing and graphics from the collection of Jewish History Institute in Warsaw).  Pages 49-50 contain seven black and white 1.5″ x 2″ prints of Moshe Rynecki paintings.  The catalog contains two essays.  Both are in Polish.  ISBN: 83-7015-719-X

Trzebiński, Marian, and Maciej Masłowski. Pamiętnik Malarza. Wrocław: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, 1958. Print. Diary of a PainterPages 170–173 discuss Trzebinski’s recollection of an encounter with Moshe Rynecki and his father, Abraham.  These pages are also available in Polish in excerpt format in, Żydzi Siedleccy by Edward Kopówka (ISBN: 83-915245-0-7) pages 90-92.  (Read the translation from Polish to English here)

Żak, Justyna. Z dziejów miasteczka w kolorze niebieskim : O społeczności żydowskiej Żyrardowa i okolic.  Publisher: Żyrardów : Muzeum Mazowsza Zachodniego w Żyrardowie, 2010.  Translation of the title: From the history of a little town in the shade of blue ; On Jewish community in Żyrardów and neighbouring areas.  A 67 page catalog from an exhibition.  The catalog contains the photograph of a 1929 painting by Moshe Rynecki.  Information about the exhibit and the photograph from the catalog, Krawiec (Tailor), is included on our site under the section Known Exhibitions.

Zwiazek Gmin Wyznaniowych Żydowskich w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.  Almanach żydowski 2001-2002.  [translation: Jewish Almanac.]  ISSN: 1429-3552.  It is sometimes referred to by its Hebrew titled, Luah li-shenat.  This journal contains fifteen 5″x7″ color prints of Moshe Rynecki paintings, plus an almost 3″x4″ image on the cover of the journal.  The journal is 117 pages, plus an appendix.  It is in Polish and Hebrew.  In addition to the Moshe Rynecki paintings, the journal includes a two-page commentary (pp. 94-95) written by Renata Piątkowska titled, “Mojzesz Rynecki – Piewca zydowskiej Warszawy.” [translation: Moshe Rynecki: Bard of Jewish Warsaw]

Zycie Geli Seksztajn – I am unclear on the details of the title of this piece or author of this article/book. I found it through a Google search and the url indicates it exists on the Jewish Historical Institute’s website. The date of the piece seems to be 30 May 2011. This piece is about the Polish Jewish artist, Geli Seksztajn. Page 14 contains information about an exhibition that featured her work, and the work of a total of 44 artists, including Moshe Rynecki. Excerpt and translation.

Zydzi—Polscy. Muzeum Nardowe W Krakowie. Czerwiec-Sierpien 1989. Wystawa Pod Protektoratem Ministra Kultury I Sztuki. Aleksandra Krawczuka. [Loose translation: Polish Jews. National Museum in Krakow. 1989. Exhibit under the protection of the Ministry of Culture and Art.] Page 81 of this museum catalog lists 22 paintings included in the exhibition.