Frans Russische kunstenaar Léon Zack

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Léon Zack (1892 - 1980) was a French figurative and later abstract painter and sculptor born in Russia. He painted at the age of 13 and exhibited his work at the age of 15, as the student of Jakimchenko from 1905 to 1907. He first studied literature at the University of Moscow. After studying under the post-impressionist Machloff, he settled in France in 1927 after having spent some time in Italy and Germany. While in Germany, he designed costumes and sets for the Ballets Romantiques Russes. He was an illustrator, painter, designer and sculptor. He has been described as a painter of the school of Paris.

In 1926 he had his first one-man show in Paris, in which he painted figures such as harlequins and gypsies. He became a Frenchman in 1938. He lived in Villefranche-sur-Mer during the Second World War. In 1947 he was back in Paris and re-designed sets for the Opéra-Comique. Around this time his work ceased to be figurative. He designed stained glass windows, including for Notre Dame des Pauvres in Issy-les-Moulineaux. At the end of his life he lived on the outskirts of Paris and died in Vanves on March the 30th, 1980. (Wikipedia)