Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original paintings by Pinchus Kremegne. 

Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at info@beloosesky.com

 

Pinchus Kremegne was born July 28th,1890 in Zhaludak of the Russian Empire and died April 5th, 1981 in Ceret, France.

 

Pinchus Kremegne was a Litvak-French artist, primarily known as a sculptor, painter and lithographer.  He was a native of Zhaludak near Lida, and was a friend of both Chaim Soutine and Michel Kikoine. He studied sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Art. He became a target of the pogroms because he was a Jew and fled to Paris in 1912. 

In Paris, Kremegne joined the group of painters of Montparnasse and soon became one of the respected residents of La Ruche. In 1915, he gave up sculpture in order to dedicate himself to painting. It was he who encouraged Soutine to come to Paris. 

Kremegne left Paris to live in a small town in the Pyrenees called Ceret, a village a little inland from Collioure, which attracted other painters such as Soutine. Although Soutine did not like the town very much, he completed many paintings there over a couple of years. He never settled but his compatriot Kremegne had a house built there around 1960. This small unassuming house, a reflection of the man himself, is nestled into the mountain and overlooks the village.

There was a falling out between the two men perhaps stemming from some ingratitude shown by Soutine towards a mutual 'mecene' or benefactor who had helped out the two impoverished artists during their early careers in Paris. 

Pinchus Kremegne's house now has new occupants and it is called La Miranda del Convent. Later Ceret was to attract other painters such as Picasso. The Picasso walk meanders by Kremegne's house and Ceret has an important museum exhibiting artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and others. There are a few Kremegne paintings on exhibition there also. 

Underestimated as an artist today, he is overshadowed by Soutine and Chagall. He was remembered with a posthumous one-man show in the Quartier Les Halles in Paris in the 1990s. 

A more structured vision of nature than Soutine's, Kremegne's last paintings prefigure the work of painters such as Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach in England.

 

Biography partially from the Archives of AskART

 

 

Works in Public Collections

Céret, France - Modern Art Museum

Geneva, Switzerland - Petit Palais

 

Exhibitions

1946: Paris, Creuze Gallery

1952: Israel

1954: London

1955: Paris, Mouradian - Valloton Gallery

1958: Philadelphia , Coleman Gallery

1959: Paris, Gallery Durand Ruel