Chaim Soutine quotes, the painter on his painting art & artistic life in France - a free art-resource for pupils, students, teachers
In his artist-quotes Soutine expresses a. o. his strong adoration for Rembrandt. And he tells about an inner cry from his youth, which he always tried to express in his painting art. Soutine has become famous by his many dynamic, wild, rough French landscapes, portraits and still life’s, painted with a visibly-raw gesture on the canvas.
He traveled as young Russian artist already to Paris, and lived and worked with other young artists like Zadkine and his friend Modigliani. They all had their studio in the factory-building La Ruche in Paris.
Soutine became specially well-known for his characteristic dynamic landscape paintings. He kept himself outside the strong influence of French Cubism and Fauvism.
Selection of some quotes of Soutine - as a short illustration of his attached PDF:
’It is the first time in my life that I have not been able to do anything. I am in a bad state of mind and I am demoralized, and that influences me. I have only [made] seven canvases. I am sorry.’ - source of the quote: in his letter to his Paris art-dealer Léopold Zborowski, 1923; as quoted in ‘Soutine’, Monrou Wheeler, Museum of modern art, New York, 1950; p. 61
’You have no right to interfere with my art. Your wife is not your property. I need her, in order to finish my picture, I must have her! I will sue you! [to the husband of his model].’ - source of the quote: in ‘Life with the painters of La Ruche’, Vorobëv Marevna, Macmillan, New York, 1972, p. 156
’My paintings are a heap of shit, but better than Modigliani, Marc Chagall, and Krémènge [Russian companion painter]. Some day I will destroy my canvases, but they are too cowardly to do it.’ - source of the quote: ‘Soutine et son temps’, Emile Szittya, La Bibliothèque des Arts, Paris, 1955, pp. 107-108 (transl. Klaus Perls)
other useful links:
biographical notes on Chaim Soutine, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaim_Soutine
artist-quotes of ànd about Soutine, Wikiquote: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Chaim_Soutine
images of the painting art of Chaim Soutine, Wikiart: https://www.wikiart.org/en/Search/Soutine
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