Sitting woman in interior, painted in profile; the work of the artist shows repeatedly interior scenes presenting female protagonists who seem to be pensively, at a table, while reading or while making their toilet.
The painting is in good condition; consistent with age. There are scattered rubbed spots and small marks mainly to the lower part. A horizontal running crease can be seen parallel to the lower edge and a small tear is lower left. The paper shows partially small creases, thus primarily to the lower part as well as upper right. Paper band is mounted all round the edges.
Ossip Lubitch (1896-1990)
Lubitch was born into a family of blacksmiths in Gondo (now Belarus). He started studying at the Fine Art Academy in Odessa in 1915. Four years later he moved to Berlin with a group of Russian artists including Pavel Tchelitchev, Jean Pougny and Lazare Meerson. In 1923, a contract for the decoration of a Montmartrean cabaret gave him this opportunity to go to Paris. Once in Paris, he studied the work of Rembrandt, Goya and Degas and understood the importance of drawing. In 1925 Antoine Bourdelle obtained his acceptance into the Salon des Tuileries. In 1934 he published an album entitled ‘Cirque’, comprising ten etchings and aquatints with a poem preface by George Rouault. During the war, Lubitch continued to paint in his rue d’Odessa atelier in Montparnasse. In 1940 he did not declare himself as a Jew to the police. He was denounced in 1944 and interned in Drancy, arriving there on August 18, 1944, the day after the last convoy for Auschwitz. To commemorate the victims and the Shoah cause. Lubitch bequeathed his drawings produced in Drancy to the Yad Vasheim Institute in Jerusalem. Lubitch returned to Paris, where he lived and worked till 1990. (msc)