Georges Kars (Czech 1882 - 1945)
Etude de femme
Signed and dated 'Kars 44' (lower right)
Pencil on paper
11.1/4 x 8.1/4in. (28.5 x 21cm.) (unframed)
George Kars was born to a German Jewish family. He studied art in Munich with Heinrich Knirr and Franz von Stuck. From 1905 he travelled to Madrid where he met Juan Gris. In 1908 he settled in Paris in Montmartre at the time of the Cubist revolution. He met Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Utrillo. The first world war he spent on the Galicien front and in Russian captivity. During the period that followed he renewed his friendship with Pascan and Chagall. He spent time in Greece and Spain but returned to Montmartre in 1936. At the outbreak of world war 2 he took refuge in Lyon where he began to draw children with sad expressions but in December 1942 he escaped to safety in his sister's home in Switzerland. He committed suicide in 1945 most likely after receiving news of death of relatives. Florent Fels, who met Georges Kars before 1930 writes 'Although I lived in the strangest environment in Montmartre, next to artists with the most twisted minds, Kars stands there, singularly well balanced. He is so witty that he could be a cousin of Hoffmans (Ernst Hoffman). We always expect him just like the magician from Konigsberg to create a Burlesque miracle like turning the Sacre Coeur Church into an illuminated pool for the 1001 nights or to create some tales worthy of the Serapion Bretheren.' In 1983 the modern art museum of Troyes the first Kars retrospective.