Arbit Blatas

1908 1999
(France) 1908 /   (Etats Unis) 1999

Arbit Blata's parents, piano dealers, don't go against the young arbit's will to persue an artistic carreer, he studies drawing in Pottava in the Lituanian Governor's Palace turned into a learning center for children.

In 1924, he leaves for Berlin's School of Beaux Arts.

1925, he arrives in Paris and settles at Montparnasse, rue de la Gaîté and meets Sylvia Satenstein whom will become his wife in 1933.

After an aexhibition at the Mouradian-Vallotton Gallery in 1934, Pierre Matisse, the merchant, offers him to exhibit in New-York.

In 1935, Krémègne introduces him to Céret, Collioure and Banyuls. During WWII, Blatas emigrates to the U.S.A. and later on will take the American nationality.

Once war is over, Blatas comutes beetween U.S.A. and Europe.

In 1967, under André Malraux's advice the Orangerie Museum buys a bronze sculpture representing the painter Soutine (Now in a public garden of the XIVth Arrondissement). Remarried to Regina Resnik, a lyric singer and director, Blatas draws, beetween 1975 and 1984 settings and opera costumes. Working till the end, the eternal polyglot globtrotter (he spoke Russian, Polish, French, English, Italian, German, Yiddish and Hebrew) wanted to go back in Spring 1998 in his city of birth, Kaunas, for the big retrospective about him.

In 1990, he gives as a gift 41 portraits of artists of l'Ecole de Paris to the Musée des Années Trentes of Boulogne-Billancourt, kept in a room dedicated to him.

Arbit Blatas dies on April, 27th 1999 in his home, in Manhattan.



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