Chaïm Soutine at the Paris Pinacothèque

Paris Pinacothèque is a new private museum which opened mid-June 2007 and is now showing an exceptional monographic exhibition dedicated to Chaïm Soutine.

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Soutine is usually known as a “Paris School” artist , but among all foreign painters that gathered in Montparnasse before world war one, the only contemporary style that his work could be related to would be German and Eastern Europa expressionism, like, for example Oskar Kokoschka. But there is no sign that he knew anything or was interested about it, and though he came from Russia with a double orthodox and jewish religious burden, his painting shows no religious concern.

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What makes this exhibition so unique is that most paintings come from private collections, and is very rich. It is an amazing counterpoint to Chaïm Soutine few impressive works exhibited at the Musée de l’Orangerie (next to Utrillo‘s paintings).

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For some unknown reason, there was almost no press about it, so it not crowded, though not empty, and it is really something to see.

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Paris Pinacothèque is close to all great pastries and groceries stores around place de la Madeleine, and Soutine’s poster is reflected in Fauchon’s window.

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Chaïm Soutine, Pinacothèque 28 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris tel 33(0)1 42 68 02 01, up to January 27, open everyday 10.30 to 18, and even on December 25 and January 1(14 to 18)

For more information and reservation : http://www.pinacotheque.com/expoAVP.fr.html

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