‘Flesh’, the ongoing exhibition of Russian-French Expressionist artist Chaim Soutine’s works at the Jewish Museum, New York, will close on September 16, 2018.
“Flesh” features more than 30 paintings by the expressionist artist. The exhibition focuses primarily on the artist’s remarkable paintings depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and crayfish. These works are now considered among the greatest artistic achievements of the artist. Soutine is known for his gestural and densely painted canvases.
“His still-life paintings,” the museum says, “produced over a period of thirty years, express with visceral power his painterly mastery and personal passion.”
Chaim Soutine (1893–1943) was one of the great painters of ‘still life’ of the twentieth century. At the age of twenty, Soutine moved to Paris, where he lived and worked alongside other Jewish emigre artists, including Moise Kisling, Ossip Zadkine, Jacques Lipchitz, and Amedeo Modigliani, who became a close friend. Soutine, at Paris, was a double outsider, an immigrant Jew and a modernist, who, guided by his artistic instincts, embraced and exploded the traditional genre of still life.
Soutine’s still life consisted of harsh and wrenching portrayals of beef carcasses, plucked fowl, fish, and flesh that created a parallel between the animal and human, between beauty and pain.
“Still-life painting offers an opportunity for an artist to display technical skill and to explore aspects of color, composition, and brushwork. At the Louvre, Soutine studied the canvases of the Old Masters: careful and elaborate arrangements of flowers, fruit, and other food, including hunters’ trophies of game. He transformed such precedents into contorted and turbulent paintings of dead animals, imbued with suffering and anxiety,” the Jewish Museum writes.
Much of his inspiration can be traced back to his early days in the Lithuanian part of western Russia where he was born. The region was plagued with anti-Semitic violence, and thousands of Jews were killed in pogroms during his childhood.
The exhibition is on view through September 16, 2018, at the Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, United States.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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