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Moise Kisling

Moise Kisling (1891-1953) was a Polish-born Jewish artist. He was a member of the Paris school, an artistic movement which was founded during World War I, and which gathered many Jewish artists who immigrated to France in an attempt to separate themselves form their cultural traditions. Kisling was born in Krakow to an Orthodox Jewish family. He began to paint at a very early age under the guidance of the most prominent Polish artist of his time - Józef Pankiewicz. As an adult, Kisling studied at the School of Arts in Krakow. In 1910, he was encouraged by Pankiewicz, his mentor, to move to Paris, which deeply influenced his work. Between 1913 and 1916 Kisling gained much recognition and appreciation. His works were exhibited all over Europe and were bought by many collectors. During World War I, he was drafted to the Foreign Legion and was critically wounded in battle. Upon recovery he was awarded a medal of honor.  During World War II he volunteered to fight again in the French battlefront, but in 1940, when he was forced to leave occupied France due to his Jewish origin, he immigrated to New York and later settled in California. His works have won great success in the United States, and made him a world-renowned artist. Kisling was considered a dedicated and hardworking artist who kept a strict work routine, but on the other hand – he had a very care-free and hedonistic lifestyle. In his later years he returned to France and built a house in Provence, which also served as a studio. Today most of Kisling's collection is located in the museum of art in Geneva, Switzerland.

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