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Moïse Kisling
Polish-French artist

Moïse Kisling

Moïse Kisling
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Intro Polish-French artist
A.K.A. Moise Kisling, משה קיסלינג, Mosheh Ḳisling
Was Painter Artist
From Poland France
Field Arts
Gender male
Birth 22 January 1891, Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Death 29 April 1953, Sanary-sur-Mer, canton of Ollioules, arrondissement of Toulon, Var (aged 62 years)
Moïse Kisling
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Moïse Kisling, born Mojżesz Kisling (January 22, 1891 – April 29, 1953), was a Polish-born French painter. He moved to Paris in 1910 at the age of 19, and became a French citizen in 1915, after serving and being wounded with the French Foreign Legion in World War I. He emigrated to the United States in 1940, after the fall of France, and returned there in 1946.

Early life and education

Born in Kraków, Austria-Hungary, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków. His teachers encouraged the young man to go to Paris, France, considered the international center for artistic creativity in the early 20th century.


Moïse Kisling, 1913, Nu sur un divan noir, oil on canvas, 97 x 130 cm, published in Montjoie, 1914

In 1910, Kisling moved to Montmartre in Paris, and a few years later to Montparnasse; he joined an émigré community made up of artists from eastern Europe as well as Americans and British. Most of the French kept to themselves, although the artistic community was international.

At the outbreak of World War I, he volunteered for service in the French Foreign Legion. After being seriously wounded in 1915 in the Battle of the Somme, he was awarded French citizenship.

Kisling lived and worked in Montparnasse, where he was part of its renowned artistic community. For a short time he lived in the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre, and in 1911–12 spent nearly a year at Céret.

Moïse Kisling, c.1920, Le pêcheur (The Fisherman), oil on canvas, 82 x 61.7 cm, private collection

In 1913 he returned to Montparnasse, where he took a studio and lived for the next 27 years. The artists Jules Pascin and later Amedeo Modigliani lived in the same building. He became close friends with many of his contemporaries, including Modigliani, who painted a portrait of him in 1916 (in the collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris). His style in painting landscapes is similar to that of Marc Chagall. A master at depicting the female body, his surreal nudes and portraits earned him the widest acclaim.

Kisling volunteered for army service again in 1940 during World War II, although he was 49. When the French Army was discharged at the time of the surrender to the Germans, Kisling emigrated to the United States. He rightly feared for his safety as a Jew in occupied France. He exhibited in New York City and Washington. He settled in California, where he lived until 1946.

Under the Vichy government, certain critics suggested too many foreigners, especially Jews, were diminishing French traditions. Their comments were part of a rise in anti-Semitism during the German occupation, resulting in French cooperation in the deportation and deaths of tens of thousands of foreign and French Jews in concentration camps.

Kisling returned to France after the war and defeat of Germany. Moïse Kisling died in Sanary-sur-Mer, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France on April 29, 1953. A residential street in the town is named after him.


Moïse Kisling, Pâquerette (actress) (fr) and Pablo Picasso enjoying themselves at Café de la Rotonde in Paris. Photograph by Jean Cocteau, 12 August 1916

A large collection of Kisling's works is held by the Musée du Petit Palais in Geneva, Switzerland. Some of his paintings:

  • Nu assis (Kiki de Montparnasse)
  • Woman in black dress, National Museum of Serbia
  • Portrait de Madeleine Lebeau
  • Woman in a Shawl
  • Paysage de Sanary
  • Spanish Woman
  • Jeune femme blonde
  • Femme nue assise
  • Nu allongé
  • Port de Tamaris
  • Portrait de jeune fille brune
  • Buste nu couché
  • Woman in an Interior
  • La sieste à Saint-Tropez, autoportrait avec Renée
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