(1885 - 1930)
Jules Pascin was active/lived in New York / France, Bulgaria. Jules Pascin is known for modernist female figure painting, landscape, early cartoons.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Jules Pascin was born in 1885 in Vidin, Bulgaria. His name was Julius
Mordecai Pincas and he was the eighth of eleven children of a Spanish
Sephardic Jew and his Serbian-Italian wife. He was raised in Bucharest,
Romania. He attended art schools in Vienna and Munich and traveled to
Berlin and Paris. From 1905 to 1929, he worked as a satirical
cartoonist for a Munich weekly. From 1914 to 1920 he lived in America.
Biography from the Archives of askART
changed his name to Pascin (French) but he was equally at home in any
country; he became a citizen of the United States in 1920. He traveled
extensively in the southern states and portrayed the downtrodden
segments of society. In 1920 he returned to Paris and from there he
traveled throughout Europe and North Africa. He changed his mediums
from watercolor and drawing to oil paint.
was women. Everywhere he went he liked to sponge up wine, Pernod and
brandy; he liked to work with thirty or forty friends carousing about
him in his studio. Mostly his subjects and companions were the girls of
easy, and available virtue.
Pascin was sensuously ugly with
heavy features under a perennial black derby. As he began to age, his
art more and more portrayed the image of an old man teased by willing
sprites. Slowly his vision of women softened to match their contours. As his nudes grew ever more evanescent in powdery pastels, they also
became even more erotic.
In 1930, at the age of forty-five,
Pascin slashed his wrists, wrote a note to his mistress on the wall in
blood, and finding death too slow in coming determinedly hanged himself
from his studio door.
Time Magazine, January 20, 1967
Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
Born in Widdin, Bulgaria with the name of Julius Pincas, he was raised
in Bucharest, Romania. He later adopted the name, Jules Pascin, under
which all his paintings are known. He attended art schools in
and Munich and traveled to Berlin and Paris. From 1905 to 1929,
worked as a satirical cartoonist for a Munich weekly. Later
he changed his mediums from watercolor and drawing to oil.
Biography from RoGallery.com
1914 to 1920, he lived in America and became a U.S. citizen to escape
military service in France. He traveled extensively in the
states and portrayed downtrodden segments of society. In 1920, he
returned to Paris, where he was a regular at the fashionable Cafe du
Dome. He also traveled throughout Europe and North
Africa. However, in 1927, he returned to New York City to
re-establish his American citizenship. He stayed in Brooklyn
Heights with Robert Laurent and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and with "his
trademark derby hat and outlandish drunken antics" (Pollock, 73) was
very popular in a circle that included art dealer, Edith Halpert.
depression and alcoholism, two years later, he committed suicide on the eve of a
prestigious solo show by slitting his wrists and hanging himself in his
studio in Montmartre.
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Lindsay Pollock, The Girl With the Gallery
Born Julius Mordecai Pincas in Vidin, a small town in Bulgaria, the
artist spent part of his childhood in Bucharest before attending
boarding school in Vienna. About 1902, he studied painting in
Vienna and in 1903 or 1904 went to Munich, where he enrolled at the
Heymann Art School. During this period, he worked as an
illustrator, contributing cartoons to such German periodicals as Jugend
and Simplicissimus. He also further studied in Berlin.
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1905, about the time that he changed his surname to Pascin, he moved to
Paris, where as a member of an international circle of artists who
frequented the Cafe du Dome, he became a leading modernist. He
had his first one-man show at the Paul Cassirer Gallery in Berlin in
1907, and later exhibited at the Berlin Secession and the Cologne
On immigrating to New York City in 1914,
Pascin associated with a coterie of progressive painters, among them
Walt Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Max Weber, who were influenced by his
figurative style in which he conjoined elements of Expressionism and
Cubism with a highly personal vision of his environment. His
aesthetic, especially his subtle handling of line and tone and his fine
draftsmanship, was especially influential to Kuniyoshi and to such
artists as Peggy Bacon. During the 1920s he exhibited in both Paris and
New York and traveled extensively.
watercolors, oils, and drawings were generally well received, a series
of unfavorable reviews in 1930 left him severely depressed. He
committed suicide in Paris in June of that year.
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