Żydowski Instytut Historyczny (ZIH or Jewish Historical Institute) has in its collection 52 Moshe Rynecki paintings. It has taken me many years to obtain photos of the works in their possession. I wrote about my find of 34 pieces online, in books, and in a variety of articles on my blog in November 2013. I subsequently received an email with photos of an additional 17 pieces. This means I am still waiting for a photo of one more piece in their collection. Here are a few pieces that are held by ZIH:
Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie (National Museum in Warsaw) has in its permanent collection two of Moshe Rynecki paintings:
W Parku (In a Park), 1935
33.7 x 49.3 cm. Held by Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie (National Museum in Warsaw)
Inventory number: Rys.W.2146
Photograph by Liegier Piotr/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie.
Talmudysci (The Talmudists), undated
31.5 x 47.8 cm. Held by Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie (National Museum in Warsaw)
Inventory number: Rys.W.2145
Photograph by Liegier Piotr/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley, California has in its permanent collection this work depicting a wedding scene.
The Gift of Bread, 1919
Framed, 86.75 x 31.75 cm., oil on parchment, gift of George Rynecki
Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Israel, has in its permanent collection this piece depicting refugees inside the Warsaw Ghetto.
42 x 57 cm., watercolor sketch, gift of the Rynecki family
In October 2013 I learned that the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library had in its collection the papers of Otto Schneid. In this collection are original letters written by Moshe Rynecki to Schneid as well as several black and white photographs of Moshe’s paintings whose whereabouts as of this writing are unknown. The photos here are Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.
In 2008 we received a telephone call from a man in Canada who told us the following story:
My parents were Polish Jews. During the Second World War they went into Russia and became partisan fighters. At the end of the war they returned to Poland. At one point during their journey they passed a farmhouse. The farmer asked them, “are you Jewish?” My parents told the farmer that, yes, they were Jewish. The farmer said, “I always knew the Jews would return. I have this bundle of paintings showing Jewish life. Do you want to buy these paintings?” My parents bought the paintings, maybe about 50 works. For many years my parents hung the paintings on the walls of their home. Over the years they gave away different canvases to different people. Today I have some, here in Canada. My brother has some paintings as well; he’s in Israel. We don’t know all the people that were given paintings over the years – my parents did not keep a list. I recently decided to reframe one of the works and, on a whim, decided to Google the Rynecki name. That’s how I found your website.
In October 2013 I visited this man’s home to see the paintings and to film an interview for the Chasing Portraits documentary film. You can read about my visit to Canada in a blog post I wrote after my visit.
The Canadian family has a relative in Poland who has seven Moshe Rynecki paintings. The photos are not of the highest quality, but I am sharing them here anyway because I know there is interest in seeing them:
Muzeum Mazowsza Zachodniego w Żyrardowie
This history museum in Poland had an exhibit that included works by Moshe. The Rynecki family never was given photos of the works, but was told, “…there is a one room, that generally shows a craft. This part of exhibition including pieces by Mojsze Rynecki, which present a tailors, shoemakers, the family making a toys and some others.” This image comes from their catalog:
The text below reads: Mojzesz Rynecki, Krawiec, 1929, rysunek tuszem lawowany, 35,5 x 50, Zydowski Instytut Historyczny
In other words, painting by Moshe Rynecki, Krawiec (Tailor), 1929, ink drawing, 35.5 x 50 cm, held by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw
April 15–May 7, 2003
Works by Jewish artists in Warsaw
[Note: This announcement was included in "Polonia de hoy," a publication edited by the Polish Embassy in Havana. It appeared in issue #24 March/April 2003. The information was provided to the Embassy by the Ministry in Warsaw and the Polish Press Agency. Mr. Daniel Gromann, Charge d'affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Cuba, kindly provided the translation.] “Paintings, drawings and graphics by Polish artists of Jewish origin can be seen, starting from April 15 (until May 7), at an exhibition entitled ‘Our older brethren’ in the Gallery of the Jewish Historical Insititute in Warsaw. All the works presented come from the collection of the Institute. ‘We want to show the public the world which no longer exists. But what interests us is not the Holocaust, but the life of the Jews in our country before 1939,’ said Renata Piatkowska, a representative of the Jewish Historical Institute. In the paintings and drawings their authors depicted scenes relating to the daily life and customs of the Jewish community in Poland. The exhibition contains works by authors from the second half of the 19th century and from the 20th century, such as Mojzesz Maurycy Rynecki [our emphasis], Otto Axes and Wilhelm Wachtel. An important element of the exhibition is a part of the so-called Gallery of the Rabbis, which includes 18 of the 90 portraits of Jews made with a fountain pen. The drawings show important and well-known figures of the Jewish community: Rabbis, intellectuals and social activists. At the beginning of this year, the exhibition was shown in Poznan, in the context of the Seventh Session of Dialogue between Christians and Jews.”
November 8, 1981–January 17, 1982
Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California
Magnes Museum Women’s Guild Fall Show. A centennial showing of Moshe Rynecki’s art. The exhibit was curated by Ruth Eis.
Jewish Community Center, Dallas, Texas
46 canvases were displayed.
Fifth Jubilee Salon of Paintings and Sculpture, Organization of Jewish Artists and Sculptors
Jewish Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts
The 44th Annual Show, 26 Dluga Street, Warsaw, Poland
Society for the Advancement of Fine Arts, Warsaw
Spring Salon of Jewish Art
Gallery at 6 Rymarska Street, Warsaw