Chaim Soutine: View of Cagnes (c.1925)

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View of Cagnes (ca. 1924–25) by Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris), Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 × 28 7/8 in. (60.3 × 73.3 cm), Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997, The Met., Image Source: Wikimedia

“Someone Has Killed Soutine!”

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Chaim Soutine, Self Portrait, 1918, Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum, Source: wikipedia.

Who is Chaim Soutine?

Chaïm Soutine (1893 – 1943) was a Russian painter of Belarusian Jewish origin who emigrated to Paris in 1913. He made a major contribution to the expressionist movement while living in Paris.

According to The Met,

There, he became friends with other Russian Jewish artists, such as Marc Chagall and Amedeo Modigliani. While he did not adhere to one particular style, he gravitated to the expressive work of El Greco, Vincent van Gogh, and the Fauves. [emphasis added]

At first inspired by classic painting in the European tradition, like Rembrandt, Chardin[2] and Courbet, Soutine developed an individual style more concerned with shape, color, and texture over representation. These preferences served as a bridge between more traditional approaches and the developing form of Abstract Expressionism.

Consider “View of Cagnes”

According to The Met, Soutine is “best known for his dramatic figure and still-life paintings,” though he also made landscapes.  They continue:

From 1923 to 1925, the artist spent time in the mountain village of Cagnes along the French Riviera, where he made this canvas. The blue, green, and ocher palette here suggests the serene atmosphere of the region, while the swirling, energetic brushwork gives the village a distorted, pulsating quality.

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A Beginning and An End in Paris

Making Pigments Breathe Light

Perhaps Jacques Lipchitz (Nov 1988) quoted in Smithsonian Magazine best describes the artistic contributions of Chaim Soutine:

He [Soutine] was one of the rare examples in our day.. ..

a painter who could make his pigments breathe light.

It is something which cannot be learned or acquired.

It is a gift of God.

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View of Cagnes (ca. 1924–25) by Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris), Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 × 28 7/8 in. (60.3 × 73.3 cm), Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997, The Met., Image Source: Wikimedia, (detail).

Details

  • View of Cagnes
  • Artist: Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris)
  • Date: ca. 1924–25
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 23 3/4 × 28 7/8 in. (60.3 × 73.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997
  • On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 830
  • Link: The Met
  • https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/486840

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View of Cagnes (ca. 1924–25) by Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris), Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 × 28 7/8 in. (60.3 × 73.3 cm), Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997, The Met., Image Source: Wikimedia, (detail).

Sources:

Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File:View of Cagnes MET DT4178.jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:View_of_Cagnes_MET_DT4178.jpg&oldid=310676996 (accessed December 4, 2018).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “View of Cagnes” by Chaim Soutine, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/486840 , (accessed 3 Dec 2018).

Wikipedia contributors, “Chaim Soutine,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Chaim_Soutine#/External_links (accessed December 4, 2018).

Quote of w:Jacques Lipchitz, in Soutine: The power and the fury of an eccentric genius, Stanley Meisler, published in ‘Smithsonian Magazine’, November 1988, from Wikiquote, https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Chaim_Soutine, (accessed December 4, 2018).

Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File:1918, Soutine, Self Portrait.jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:1918,_Soutine,_Self_Portrait.jpg&oldid=279302997 (accessed December 4, 2018).

Thanks for Reading 🙂

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. lfpessemier says:

    I love Soutine. He may be my favorite artist of all time. There is a wonderful museum of his work in Ceret, in southwestern France.

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    1. He is new to me, and I can certainly understand why you love his work. I am looking forward to learning more about him. The museum in Ceret just appeared on my bucket list. 🙂 Do you have a favorite painting of his?

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  2. He is very new to me, thanks to you!

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    1. New to me also, Luda. Now I will need to know much more about him. 😎

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