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Julius Gens


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Julius (Idel) Gens (Genss) – (17.11.1887, Jurjev, now Tartu, Estonia – 3.02.1957, Tallinn, Estonia) – art critic, bibliophil, bibliographer.

Graduated from the department of Law of the Jurjev university (1911), studied at the department of architecture of the Munich Art Academy (1911-1912), worked as an advocate in Moscow (1913-1916), worked as the head of one of the publishing houses in Petrograd (1917). Sinse 1918 lived in Estonia. Was the head of the estonian branch of the swedish firm «The Timber Company» (until 1940), then the member of the staff of the Art museum in Tallinn.

By 1941 he has collected one of the significant libraries of art and illustrated books (more than 9000 volumes). His collection included more than 5000 prints and several thousand ex-librises. At war time his library and collection of prints were in Alfred Rosenberg occupation forces headquaters, and by the end of war were taken out to Germany. As a war trophy the library was given back to USSR and passed to Science Academy library in Belorussia.

At evacuation time in Tashkent (1941-1944) Gens prepared «Мaterials for the history of fine arts and folk arts of the Soviet Uzbekistan».
After the war he was the director of exibitions of the Estonian Art fund.

To Gens belong:

His last years he worked on continuation of the "Bibliophil notes", part of which was piblished in «Альманах библиофила» (М.,1976, вып. 3) and in «Советская библиография (1990, № 4-5). In 1948 he published a guide book to the old relics and monuments «Старый Таллинн» (The old Tallinn) (in estonian and russian). In 1953 Gens finished the work on the bibliography of the estonian art (14 print volumes which remained in typescript).


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Inna Gens "the story of a library" (in Russian)

exlibris "J. Genss - investigator and propagator of the Jewish art" - the lecture of his son Leo Gens (in English)

Part of the book by Inna Katanyan-Gens "Houses and mirages" (in Russian)

L. Gens - "Julius Gens - researcher of the Baltic germans art" (in Estonian)

"Eerik Teder - "Julius Genss and bibliophiilia", "Raamat on..." II, Tallinn 2002 (in Estonian)

English abstract of the above

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