Jewish Accent in French Modern Art

At the beginning of the XX century, alongside with well-known modernists, such as Amedeo Modigliani, Chaïm Soutine and Marc Chagall, many Jewish artists from the Russian Empire started to explore new movements and opportunities in art.

There was a variety of motives for the emigration to Paris. Thus, while Léon Bakst moved because of his personal grudge on the unfair government, the others, such as Savely Sorin and Constantin Terechkovitch, had to flee because of the revolution. It is not only Jewish origins that unite all these different and versatile artists and painters, but also a special scent in their artworks, sometimes vague, sometimes powerful but always specific as was dramatic their fate.

Their foreigner's sharp sense of what was happening in the Paris air, introduced amazing notes to new moves in the changing creative life. The rise in the Jewish art in the first half of the XX century proved to be bright and significant in developing a collective culture.

The gallery exhibits 29 artworks from private collections. Among them are the paintings by Chaïm Soutine, Léon Bakst, Marc Chagall and many more artists with Jewish origins.

Natalia Kournikova

Translated by
Polina Vologdina