Hermine au lit
Atelier stamp lower left
Watercolour on paper
7 7/8 x 11 in, 20 x 28 cm
Born Julius Pincas, Pascin left his Bulgarian and Romanian wealthy financier family as a teenager to travel the world and pursue an artistic career. First working and studying in Vienna,...
Born Julius Pincas, Pascin left his Bulgarian and Romanian wealthy financier family as a teenager to travel the world and pursue an artistic career. First working and studying in Vienna, Munich and Berlin, he earned a living in these early years illustrating satirical magazines before progressing to figurative painting.
'Hermine au lit' is a beautiful example of the delicate watercolour studies he completed during his career. In 1907 Pascin met Hermine Lionette Cartan David, who was also a painter, in Paris and soon fell deeply in love. Eventually the couple moved to the United States, where they married at City Hall in the company of the artists Max Weber and Maurice Stern.
After the First World War in 1918 Pascin returned to Paris. Always in his bowler hat, he was a witty presence at Le Dôme Café, Le Jockey Club, and the other haunts of the area’s bohemian society. Above all he became a central figure in the School of Paris circle, the group of emigrant artists centred in Montmartre around Chagall, and including Modigliani, Soutine, Foujita, Kisling and Per Krohg.
The circle was to become one of the most important strands in French art between the two World Wars, independent of contemporary avant-garde movements such as Surrealism. Artists such as Pascin won acclaim for their passionate commitment to their artistic vision, their spirit of certainty, verve and vigour.
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