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Jules Pascin (Bulgarian/French, 1885-1930)


Also known as:  Pincas, Julius

Birth Place: Vidin (Montana region, Bulgaria)


Who is painter Jules Pascin?

Jules Pascin was a Bulgarian-American painter who was best known for his nudes and portraits. He was active in the Parisian art scene up until his death, specifically the artists of the famed Montparnasse area of Paris. Though the artist struggled with depression and alcoholism throughout his life, he was able to produce vital and beautiful works that still holds power over the viewer to this day. Though he was technically American, receiving his citizenship sometime around 1920, Pascin was a child of the world. He spent time painting in the US, Paris, Cuba, and South America. He spent the last years of his life living and painting in his beloved Paris.

Though Pascin was something of a wild character, he did manage to exhibit his work in several commercial galleries during his lifetime. Some of these included the Salon d”Automne, the Salon des Independants, and the Berlin Secession. His first American exhibition was in 1913, at the Armory Show in New York City. These days, Pascin paintings are highly cherished and appear in many of the world’s most famous collections and galleries.

What kind of art did Jules Pascin make?

Jules Pascin was a painter whose portraits and nudes brought him prominence and fame around the turn of the century. Though he never achieved the critical success he desperately sought, his work was championed by many art buyers and artists during his lifetime. During the 1920s, Pascin’s series of petites filles, featuring prostitutes waiting for their clients, became extremely popular with art collectors. Pascin’s work has a dreamy, beautiful quality with washed-out colors and pensive subjects. It is beautiful, yes, but also sums up the feelings of that era succinctly and brilliantly.

How did painter Jules Pascin get started?

Jules Pascin was born in Vidin, Bulgaria in 1885, one of eleven children. His father was a grain merchant, and the family moved the more affluent Bucharest when Jules was just 2 years old. His first formal art training came in 1902 in Vienna, but his painting started two years earlier at a local brothel where the young Pascin would draw portraits of prostitutes waiting for clients. This would be a theme in the artist’s work for the rest of his career. In 1903, he studied at the Moritz Heymann’s art academy in Munich, but his art would take a huge leap forward in 1905 with his move to Paris. At that time, Paris was the artistic hub of the world, and Pasin soaked in the art of his peers. He eventually studied at the Academie Colarossi and would have his first solo show of paintings around 1910. By that time he was a famous figure in the Parisian art circles.

How much are Jules Pascin’s paintings worth?

A Jules Pascin painting can be worth anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $450,000 for his best work. Though Pascin’s life was relatively short, he was prolific and as such has an extensive record at auction. The most ever paid at auction for a Jules Pascin painting is $462,000 for the piece Femme en Robe Rose (date not given) which sold on October 3rd, 1990. Several of Pascin’s pieces have sold for around this same amount -- all of them were famous portraits or nudes.

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