Isis Kischka was a French painter whose colorful paintings and lithographs caught the attention of many. While he started his art career in 1926, in 1941 he was arrested and imprisoned in Compiègne, a concentration camp in the south of Paris. During his 39 months of internment, Kischka painted scenes of the camp and portraits of his fellow inmates. Kischka became the central figure of artistic activity within the camp, and continued to do long after his release. Kischka managed to save his paintings from the period of his imprisonment as well as some of his other landscape, portrait, and still life paintings, many of which can be found today in both museums and private collections around the world.