Presents 60 of Chaïm Soutine's dynamic paintings alongside works by such contemporaries as Modigliani, Chagall, Picasso and Braque. Soutine developed his own distinctive style, characterized by its intense emotion and violent brushwork. This compelling study considers Soutine's position at the intersection of various artistic movements of the early twentieth century, and juxtaposes his powerful works with those of other masters of modern art.
Born in Belorussia, Soutine received his training in Paris while such artistic movements as Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism were creating a stir throughout Europe. Soutine, however, rejected the freedom of subject matter afforded by modernism, choosing to devote himself entirely to painting still lifes, landscapes and portraits.