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Jules Pascin
"King Solomon's Verdict" Etching, Linear Drawing, Nudes, Biblical Scene

1921-1925

$2,600

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The Judgement of Solomon, “King Solomon’s Verdict” is a story from the Hebrew Bible in which King Solomon of Israel ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother of a child. Solomon revealed their true feelings and relationship to the child by suggesting the baby be cut in two, each woman to receive half. This etching reveals much about the artist, his Jewish heritage in his choice of subject matter and his proclivity to drawing, in a cartoonish style, that he was very comfortable with and used when he was a daily contributor to a satirical magazine published in Munich. Jules Pascin, or the "Prince of Montparnasse", was a Bulgarian artist known for his paintings and drawings. His most frequent subject was women, depicted in casual poses, usually nude or partly dressed. Educated in Vienna and Munich, he traveled in the U.S. spending most of his time in the South. He is best known as a Parisian painter, who associated within the artistic circles of Montparnasse and was one of the emigres of the School of Paris. Julius Mordecai Pincas was born in Bulgaria, the eighth of eleven children to a Sephardic Jewish family of a grain merchant. Pincas family was one of the wealthiest in Vidin; they bought and exported wheat, rice, maize and sunflower. In 1892, Julius moved with his parents to Bucharest where his father opened a grain company and where Pascin worked briefly. During this same period he frequented a local brothel where he made his earliest drawings. His first artistic training was in Vienna in 1902 at age seventeen. The following year he relocated to Munich studying at the Moritz Heymann's academy. He soon began contributing drawings to Simplicissimus, a satirical magazine published in Munich. Because his father objected to the family name being associated with these drawings, the 20-year-old artist adopted the pseudonym Pascin. He continued to contribute drawings to a Munich daily until 1929. In 1905, Pascin moved to Paris and had his first solo exhibition at Paul Cassirer Gallery in Berlin. Despite his social life, Pascin created thousands of watercolors and sketches, plus drawings and caricatures that he sold to various newspapers and magazines. He exhibited his works in commercial galleries and in the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Independants, and the exhibitions of the Berlin Secession and at the Sonderbund-Ausstellung in Cologne. It was not until about 1907–1909 that he produced his first paintings, portraits and nudes in a style influenced by Fauvism and Cezanne. He wanted to become a serious painter, but in time he became deeply depressed over his inability to achieve critical success with his efforts. Dissatisfied with his slow progress in the new medium, he studied the art of drawing at the Academie Colarossi and painted copies after the masters in the Louvre. He exhibited in the United States for the first time in 1913, when twelve of his works were shown at the Armory Show in New York. After he returned to France, he became the symbol of the Montparnasse artistic community and is more associated with France than the United States. Always in his bowler hat, he was a witty presence, along with his good friend Constant Detre at Le Dome Café, Jockey-Club de Paris and the other haunts of the area's bohemian society. He struggled with depression and alcoholism and died by suicide when 45. Art piece is 12 h x 11.5 w inches. 23 from an edition of 100.

Details

  • Creator
    Jules Pascin (1885-1930, Bulgarian, French)
  • Creation Year
    1921-1925
  • Dimensions
    Height: 21.75 in. (55.25 cm)Width: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Detroit, MI
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU128617697042

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