Pen and ink on paper drawing of three nude women in an interior, 10 1/2" by 7 1/4" inside the mat (18" by 14" as framed), signed at lower right "Michonze" and dated there "58". This is a work of the talented, interesting artist GREGOIRE MICHONZE (known early in life as Michonznic). The artist has displayed his mastery of line as his flickering pen created a work that is possibly a study but which is complete in and of itself. Michonze was born in present-day Moldova of Jewish heritage and in his youth was in Bucharest at the Academy of Painting. While in Romania he was a set designer and had already befriended the artist Victor Brauner. By age 20 (1922) he was already in Paris, where, in the extraordinarily rich environment of the time, he met Max Ernst, who introduced him to the major surrealists Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Yves Tanguy, Andre Masson. He also became a friend of the noted Jewish painter Chaim Soutine and of the writer Henry Miller. In the late 1930's Michonze was in New York and Massachusetts, but he returned to France, became a prisoner during the war. After the war he exhibited in England and Scotland and traveled to Israel in search of his roots. Today Michonze is known for what has been called a surreal naturalism, centering on a number of figures in what might be viewed as somewhat surreal landscapes. Often there is an element of allegory to his work. Today paintings sell at auction in Europe and America. This work appears to be in excellent condition. What appears to be a white spot on the nude is a reflection, and allow for other reflections in the glass. See the net for much more on the artist.
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