Artist of the Day- Abraham Mintchine (click on image to see more)

I like these paintings.

They remind me of Marc Chagall, another Russian Jew who settled and painted in Paris at around the same time.  I can see both their Russian and Jewish backgrounds in their work.

Abraham Mintchine was born in the Ukraine in 1898.. He left Russia in 1923 and moved to Berlin where he designed costumes and sets for the Jewish theatre. In 1925 he moved to Paris. He was penniless with a wife and child but managed to find an art dealer who bought a bunch of his paintings. His health suffered …he continued to deprive himself for his family and died in 1931.

The first painting is a self portrait of the artist as a harlequin.