Marie Laurencin (1883-1956)

8 06 2017

Dan Griggs

1 02 2017

Grégoire Michonze

4 11 2016

Grégoire Michonze (1902–1982) (variant name Grégoire Michonznic, Romanian: Григо́рий Мишо́нзник Grogórij Mišónznik) was a Russian-French painter, born in 1902 in Kishinev (Bessarabia), Russian Empire (now Republic of Moldova).

From 1919-1922, Michonze studied at a local art academy where, painting Russian icons, he learned to master the technique of painting with egg tempera. He continued his studies at the Academy of Painting in Bucharest and befriended the artist Victor Brauner. In 1922, after Bessarabia had become part of Romania, Michonze moved to Paris and met Max Ernst who later introduced him to the Surrealists, notably André Breton, Paul Éluard, Yves Tanguy and André Masson. He furthered his art studies by taking classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. During this period, Michonze met and developed a strong friendship with the Jewish École de Paris artist Chaim Soutine. Between the period 1934-1936, Michonze exhibited at the Salon des Surindépendants. He described his work at these exhibitions as “Surreal naturalism”. Michonze fought in the war and, after 1943, settled into a studio on Paris’s Rue de Seine. He took up French citizenship in 1947, and in 1949, the French Fund for Modern Art acquired his now seminal canvas La moisson (The Harvest).

From 1954-1977, Michonze continued and perfected his life’s work. He had extended stays in the United States where he spent time with his close friend, the American author Henry Miller. Michonze also travelled frequently to Israel where he exhibited, visited with his mother, and re-acquainted himself with his Jewish roots. He died of a heart attack in his studio at rue de Seine in Paris on December 29, 1982.

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16 10 2016


Alvaro Castagnet

2 02 2016


Alvaro Castagnet

1 11 2015

Istvan Szonyi

25 02 2015

István Szőnyi (1894-1960) was a Hungarian painter noted for works such as The Bend of the Danube and Zebegény.[1] He and his family rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Hence they were declared Righteous Among the Nations on October 2, 1984.[2] István Szőnyi was one of the most gifted members of the Nagybánya group.

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