Moïse Kisling (1891-1953)

Moïse Kisling was a French-Polish painter best known for his highly stylized, unsettling portraits. Born on 1891 in Kraków, Austria-Hungary, he moved to Paris in 1910 where he established himself as an artist. He rented a studio in the district of Montmarte and gained contact with contemporary Parisian ex-pat painters, notably including Jules Pascin and Amedeo Modigliani. His oeuvre includes landscapes, nudes, and portraiture, all painted in his unique style: blocky, bold, simplistic environments containing stylistically exaggerated figures with wide-set limbs and eyes.