The work is in good condition, showing a small damage to the paper to the lower margin. No evidence of retouching under UV light. The frame is minimally chipped.
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 Georges 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 until 1990. (cko)