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Joseph Floch was born in Vienna, Austria in 1895. He showed signs of artistic talent at an early age and became successful as a painter throughout Europe and the United States. He spent the First World War in Holland studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, and until later on in the war managed to evade military service. When he was eventually conscripted he convinced the military that he was unable to fight for medical reasons and was placed in an office. After the war he worked in Vienna until 1924 when he moved to Paris. There, he remained for the following 17 years working in his own studio; he enjoyed great success in Paris. He married Hermine née Fraenkl, who was a close family friend and ten years his junior, in 1925. In 1941, Floch and his family immigrated to the United States in order to escape Nazi persecution. In the United States, Joseph Floch worked for and exhibited his art with the Associated American Artists of New York. He lived and worked in New York until his death in 1977. He was survived by Hermine and their children, Jenny, Arthur and David.
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Floch, Joseph, 1894-1977: The artist, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 83.143.
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