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Léon Zack

Born in 1892 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Lev Vassilievitch Zack, known as Léon Zack, was a russian painter, who became a French citizen in 1938. He was born on July 12th 1892 in Nijni Novgorod and died on March 30 1980 in Vanves (Hauts-de-seine).

Leon Zack was a figurative artist until 1946, painting mostly portraits in the same style than that of Picasso's rose period (double portrait of a men,1931, oil on canvas, Colmar, Unterlinden Museum).
Little by little, he became an expressionist. The faces in his paintings are framed by black lined contours.

Gradually developed towards abstraction, initially by knife, however, later on he started doing big washings where only nodules remained.

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EXHIBITIONS

1977 : rétrospective, musée d'art moderne (Paris)
1984 : rétrospective, galerie Protée (Paris)

Colmar, musée Unterlinden : Double portrait d'hommes, 1931 (au verso : double portrait de femmes); Vierge à l'Enfant, 1946; Sans titre, 1973
Londres, Tate collection : Peinture, 1952, 97,5 × 130,5 cm

Léon Zack a participé à la création de nombreux livres de bibliophilie dont :

1924 : Pouchkine, Le Festin pendant la peste, lithographies, Berlin, éditions Val'ter i Rakint
1930 : Voltaire, La Princesse de Babylone suivi de Contes divers, Paris, éditions du Trianon
1932 : Mallarmé, Divagations
1933 : Rimbaud, Œuvre intégrale
1936 :
Baudelaire, Poésies complètes
Verlaine, Sagesse
1937 : Edgar Poe, Le Corbeau
1938 : André Gide, Paludes
1944 : Pierre Emmanuel, Le Poète fou
1945 :
Racine, Phèdre, illustré de 10 dessins originaux aux lavis, Monaco, Éditions du Rocher
Pierre Emmanuel, Hymne à la France
1946 :
Agrippa d'Aubigné, Les Tragiques, bois gravés
Longus, Daphnis et Chloé, Monaco, Éditions du Rocher
Les Baisers de Jean Second imités par Pierre de Ronsard et ses disciples (1500-1600), préface de Henri Chamard, illustrations et ornements de L. Zack, Monaco, Éditions du Rocher (148 p.)
1947 : Ronsard, Sonnets, Monaco, Éditions du Rocher
1974 : Jean Joubert, L'été se clôt, Paris, Éditions Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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