An oil on canvas measuring 65X50 cm (without the frame) called "the lesson" realized in 1928
Philippe Hosiasson grew up in Odessa in a family of traders, relatives of the Russian writer Boris Pasternak. Between 1910 and 1912, Hosiasson traveled to Berlin with his parents and made contact with the Western vanguard. He began drawing at a very young age and in 1912, after a brief stay at the School of Fine Arts in Odessa, studied law and art history at the University of Odessa. In 1917, he published a text on The Greco. In 1918, he married Olga Bilinski, and in 1920 his university sent him to Rome where he met André Derain who worked for the ballets of Diaghilev. Fascinated by the Roman palaces, he draws what surrounds him, the crowd, the streets. In 1922, Hosiasson was in Berlin, where he was in turn decorator of the Ballets Russes for Boris Romanov.
Hosiasson arrived in Paris in 1924, obtained French nationality in 1928. He joined Leon Zack in the group of Neo-humanists founded in 1930 by Waldemar George and the young painters of the Ranson Academy. In 1937, he participated in the International Exhibition of Paris by realizing the decoration of the pavilion of Martinique.
Mobilized in 1939, Philippe Hosiasson was seriously wounded near Dunkirk. He spent the years of Occupation in Toulouse, Marseille and in the Nice area, then returned to Paris in 1948 after a long illness following his wound. Philippe Hosiasson painted his first abstract work for the Front National de Marseille in 1945. In the years 1947-1948 he began to paint his first "informal" canvases, which Michel Tapié and Michel Seuphor will relate to Abstract Expressionism. Supported by Clément Greenberg, he exhibited with Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Kenneth Noland at the Kootz Gallery in New York. According to the artist, abstraction can not be reduced to the strict application of the biblical narrative, according to which human representation is forbidden, but it constitutes "its means of expressing its conception of the world and its Judaism."
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