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Pinchus Kremegne

 (1890 - 1981)
Pinchus Kremegne was active/lived in Russian Federation, France.  Pinchus Kremegne is known for still life, figure, landscape and nude figure painting, sculpture, lithography.

Pinchus Kremegne

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Pinchus Kremegne was a Litvak-French artist, primarily known as a sculptor, painter and lithographer.  He was a native of Zhaludak near Lida, and was a friend of both Chaim Soutine and Michel Kikoine. He studied sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Art. He became a target of the pogroms because he was a Jew and fled to Paris in 1912.

In Paris, Kremegne joined the group of painters of Montparnasse and soon became one of the respected residents of La Ruche. In 1915, he gave up sculpture in order to dedicate himself to painting. It was he who encouraged Soutine to come to Paris.

Kremegne left Paris to live in a small town in the Pyrenees called Ceret, a village a little inland from Collioure, which attracted other painters such as Soutine. Although Soutine did not like the town very much, he completed many paintings there over a couple of years. He never settled but his compatriot Kremegne had a house built there around 1960. This small unassuming house, a reflection of the man himself, is nestled into the mountain and overlooks the village.

There was a falling out between the two men perhaps stemming from some ingratitude shown by Soutine towards a mutual 'mecene' or benefactor who had helped out the two impoverished artists during their early careers in Paris.

Kremegne's house now has new occupants and it is called La Miranda del Convent. Later Ceret was to attract other painters such as Picasso. The Picasso walk meanders by Kremegne's house and Ceret has an important museum exhibiting artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and others. There are a few Kremegne paintings on exhibition there also.

Underestimated as an artist today, he is overshadowed by Soutine and Chagall. He was remembered with a posthumous one-man show in the Quartier Les Halles in Paris in the 1990s.

A more structured vision of nature than Soutine's, Kremegne's last paintings prefigure the work of painters such as Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach in England.


Biography from LewAllen Galleries
Belarusian artist Pinchus Kremegne was born in Zaludock, Belarus in 1890. Fleeing religious persecution Kremegne, who was of Jewish descent, settled in Paris in 1912. There he became associated with artists Chaim Soutine and Michel Kikoine.

A music enthusiast, Kremegne claimed to organize his canvases "like a maestro his orchestra;" each color was an instrument which played "its own score." His nudes are often characterized by a powerful violence.

Though he is primarily known as a painter, Kremegne was also a talented sculptor and lithographer.

His works can be found in numerous international institutions including the Kunstmuseum, Bern; Musée d'Art Moderne, Céret; as well as the Pétit Palais and the Musée d'Art Moderne in Switzerland.

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About  Pinchus Kremegne

Born:  1890 - Zhaludak, Russia
Died:   1981 - Ceret, France
Known for:  still life, figure, landscape and nude figure painting, sculpture, lithography