High size vividly colored flower still life in front of a window by Jacques Chapiro; the Russian painter came in the mid-1920s to Paris where he settled down in Montparnasse and faced up with the art of van Gogh as well as with impressionism and cubism.
The painting is overall in good condition. It is slightly discolored, consistent with age and overall with tiny craquelure. At the upper edge are scattered retouched spots. The frame bears small tears, color flaking and old small wormholes.
Jacques Chapiro (1887-1972)
Jacques Chapiro was born in today’s Daugavpils in Latvia and started his artistic training at the age of 10. In 1915 he moved to Krakow and attended the local Academy of Fine Arts. In 1918 he continued to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kiev, Ukraine. From 1921 he held on to study art in Petrograd and worked as a theater decorator for Stanislavski and Vakhtangov. In 1925 he settled in Paris and exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon des Tuileries. In the 1930s he created expressionistic portraits in the style of Francis Bacon. Other works of his show influences of Cubism, Impressionism, and the Fauves. Works by Chapiro are in major museum collections, such as in Chicago, Moscow and Paris. (msc)