Jacques (Jacob) Koslowsky (Jokubas Kazlauskas) was born in the town of Pakuonis in the Prienai district of Lithuania on March 13th 1904 to a humble family of Jewish origin. His parents gave him the traditional East European Jewish name Jankel (Yankel in English). From 1920 to 1924 he studied at the Kaunas Art School. He initially studied medicine and art in Florence, then switched exclusively to art. He subsequently won a scholarship and studied art in Florence at Reggia Academy of Fine Art under the tutelage of Felice Carena. After finishing his studies he left for Tel-Aviv where he participated in joint exhibitions, became a representative at the Tel Aviv Museum, and worked as an art critic. It was here that he
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