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Lot 1087: GEORGES KARS Signed Oil Painting Czech Art 1932(76 views)
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GEORGES KARS [KARPELES] 1882-1945
Kralupy 1882-1945 Geneve (Czechoslovakian)
Title: Still Life with Bottle on a Chair and Painting, 1932
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Dated Oil Painting on Panel
size: 63.5 x 44 cm / 25 x 17.3 in
Additional Information: This work is hand signed and dated by the artist at the lower right corner.
It was painted in 1932.
Provenance: Massol, Paris sale, 26th September 2003, lot 23.
Condition: Generally in good condition. Not examined out of the frame.
note: this work will be shipped from USA
Georges Kars was born to a German Jewish family. He studied art in Munich from 1899 with Heinrich Knirr and Franz von Stuck.
From 1905 he travelled to Madrid where he met Juan Gris and immersed himself in the painting style of Velasquezand Goya.
In 1908, Kars arrived in Paris and settled in Montmartre at the time of the Cubist revolution, which also had an influence on his work, he met Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Utrillo well connected to the artist community. He renewed his friendship with Pascin and frequented Chagall, Apollinaire, Max Jacob, the art critic Maurice Raynal and the Greek painterDemetrius Galanis. His work was interrupted by the First World War which he spent on the Galician Front and in Russian captivity.
In 1928, an exhibition of his work takes place at the Berthe Weill gallery
In 1939, he took refuge in Lyon where is started to draw children with a sad expression In 1942 he moved to the safety of his sister's home in Switzerland. He committed suicide in 1945 most likely after receiving news of the deaths of relatives.
When his wife Nora died in 1966, the contents of his atelier were auctioned at the Palais Galleria in Paris. Pierre Levy, a French industrialist and art collector, and Oscar Ghez acquired an important part of the artworks. In 1983, Modern Art Museum of Troyes staged the first Kars retrospective.