Kisling’s art represents a synthesis of influences often found among members of the School of Paris, whose work combines French characteristics with ideas from non-French painters. Under the influence of Derain, Kisling learned to control his natural exuberance and love of color. Nevertheless, his close and caring friendship with Modigliani, a friendship that lasted until the latter’s death, perhaps, goes some way towards accounting for the faint melancholy tone that inhabits the brilliant colours in some of Kisling’s portraits.
Galerie Felix Vercel, Paris;
Mr. Giacomelli, Udine, N.E. Italy (acquired from the above in May 1972);
Private collection, United Kingdom
J. Kisling and H. Troyat, Kisling 1891-1953, Turin 1982, Vol 11, No. 110 illustrated, P. 129 No. 58664.
more about Moïse Kisling
Kisling was born in Krakow, Austria-Hungary (now Poland) and began drawing in early childhood. He enrolled at the Krakow Academy of fine arts – 15 years old – where he studied under professor Józef Pankiewicz. Afterwards, at the age of 19, he moved to Paris, which was the international centre for artistic creativity at that time. Soon Kisling found himself in the Parisian artistic commu . . .