Chaim Soutine and L’Ecole de Paris

    a painting of a person in red with hands on hips and a red hatMondays, May 7, 14 and 28, 2018
    1:30 - 3:00 pm

    When Jewish artist Chaim Soutine arrived in Paris in 1913, he created influential paintings imbued with torment and personal expression. Dominating the new art scene of Montparnasse, Soutine was considered the most talented artist of his ‘school of Paris’ contemporaries.

    Series: $40, Drop-in: $16

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    From 1900 until about 1940, Paris was a thriving centre of artistic activity that provided unparalleled conditions for the exchange of creative ideas. A wave of artists of all nationalities gravitated to the French capital and fostered an inspiring climate of imaginative cross-fertilization. For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name "the School of Paris" to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. One artist whose work exemplifies this exchange of ideas and styles among artists living and working in Paris was the expatriate and friend of Modigliani, the Lithuanian artist Chaim Soutine (1893–1943). Soutine arrived in Paris in 1913 and created pictures imbued with torment and personal expression. Whereas Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, Soutine reputation in those earlier days was greater and most School of Paris painters looked on him as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning later proclaimed Soutine his favourite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence. This 3-part lecture series will focus on Chaim Soutine and his influence on some of the other Jewish artists working around him at that time.

    Osnat Lippa is a digital artist and illustrator who graduated in art and design from Guildhall University in London England. She has since worked as a freelance illustrator, has worked and presented workshops in the Silver Screens Arts Festival in digital media, and uses her broad experience of living in such cities as New York, London and Haifa to enrich her visual vocabulary. Osnat is also a well-respected art history lecturer and has taught courses at the London Metropolitan University, the University of the Arts London, Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute and The Chang School of Continuing Education. Some of the Art Appreciation lecture series that Osnat has taught at the Miles Nadal JCC include: The Commissioned Works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele - Jewish Art Patrons of Vienna; Degas and His Dancers, Jackson Pollock – America’s Own Bad Boy of Painting, Chagall: Colour, Music and Theatre and most recently, Modigliani Unmasked.

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