An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine

April 26 - August 16, 1998

This first major presentation of Chaim Soutine in New York in nearly fifty years brings together some of the artist’s most extraordinary works, showcasing his energetic, lively brushwork and bold use of color.

Known as a “painter’s painter,” Chaim Soutine’s work is characterized by his energetic, lively brushwork and bold use of color. This exhibition, the first major presentation of the artist in New York in nearly fifty years, brings together some of Soutine’s most extraordinary works.

The exhibition focuses on Soutine’s reception by his patrons, supporters, and critics. The space of the exhibition will be organized according to three time periods—the 1920s, the 1930s, and the 1950s—when Soutine was being defined and redefined by his audience as an unschooled tragic genius, as a savior of traditional French painting, and as a progenitor of Abstract Expressionism and the avant-garde in America.

The Paintings of Chaim Soutine is made possible with generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation, Andrea and Charles Bronfman, Credit Lyonnais, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc., and the Joseph Alexander Foundation. The catalogue is published with the aid of a publications fund established by The Dorot Foundation, and the assistance of the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.