Maurycy Blond (Maurice Blumenkrantz) .........(1)
(Lodz 1899 - 1974 Clamart)

Originally from Russia, Maurice Blond's father was a merchant and an art lover. In 1911, following a school examination, one of his watercolors attracted notice and was subsequently exhibited at the Kiev Museum. For a brief period in 1922, he gave up his creative ambitions and joined the natural sciences department of Warsaw University, after which he reconsidered his decision and took classes at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts for a few months. He supported himself by teaching mathematics until 1923. That year, he left for Berlin where he met Isaac Mintchine and Kostia Terechkovitch, who came from Kiev and Moscow, respectively. In 1924, Blond arrived in Paris and settled at the artist's colony La Cité Falguiere, where he formed friendships with a group of Russian artists including Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Jean Pougny, Pinchus Krémegne, and Kostia Terechkovitch, with whom he shared a room in Montparnasse. In 1930, he became the organizer and artistic adviser of the Russian magazine Tchisla, through which he organized exhibitions. He volunteered for the French army in 1939, but was soon discharged from active service and sent to the Avignon area, where he found refuge, working for two years for a local peasant. After the war, Blond settled in Grenoble and dedicated his time exclusively to painting. He exhibited his work in Paris from 1923 with success and signed his paintings with the name Blond, which he had adopted during the Occupation. Throughout his career, street scenes became a recurrent and particularly representative subject of his work.

Street Composition with Cello Parisian Houses

"Street", oil on canvas, 42.5 x 60 cm, private collection
"Composition with Cello", 1973, oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm, private collection
"Parisian Houses", oil on cardboard, 60 x 80 cm, private collection

Landscape Bouquet of Flowers Houses

"Landscape", oil on canvas, 33 x 41 cm, private collection
"Bouquet of Flowers", oil on cardboard, 22 x 20 cm, private collection
"Houses", oil on canvas, 60 x 81 cm, private collection

Au Gros Bonnet Interior with a Table Nude

"Au Gros Bonnet", watercolour, gouache on paper on canvas, 41 x 60 cm, private collection
"Interior with a Table", 1967, oil on canvas, 41.5 x 33.5 cm, private collection
"Nude", oil on canvas, 55 x 47 cm, private collection
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