Chaim Soutine


Painter Chaim Soutine (1894-1943), a Russian, ran away from home to escape the poverty of a large family, and became a photographer's assistant. A local doctor recognised his talent and paid for him to go to Paris in 1911 to study at the School of Fine Arts, where he numbered Chagall and Modigliani among his neighbours. Supported by later patrons, he lived and worked near Chartres, but was forced to hide when the Germans invaded France during the Second World War. He died in 1943 after a necessary operation was delayed. Soutine's work was also influenced by van Gogh and Cezanne.

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