Moïse Kisling

Born in Poland, after a short stint in Cubism, the artist quickly evolved towards an expressive form of art dealing with chromatic effects and delicate outlines.

During World War I, Kisling would be injured fighting for the Foreign Legion.

His Parisian studio welcomed the upper crust of the art world: Modigliani, firstly, but also famous writers like Cocteau, Radiguet or Max Jacob, giving Kisling the name of “King of Montparnasse”.

Famous for painting “all things Paris”, his work radiates a hint of nostalgia for traditional painting, while still mastering the pictorial progress made during the period. He traveled much, especially to the United States where he spent great amounts of time. During his lifetime, he exhibited at the Whitney Museum and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. His fame reached as far as California after his acclaimed portrait of the pianist Rubenstein, and Kisling settled down on the west coast for a while.

The market value of his works remained high throughout the various crises affecting the art world during the second half of the 20th century.