Molli Chwat

1888 1979
(Pologne) 1888 /   (France) 1979



Molli Chwat was raised by his grandfather in a family of bankers. He studied in his hometown and later enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Petersburg. He followed Ilya Repin’s advice and briefly visited Paris in 1906 where he attended a free academy.

In 1909, he was in Geneva and married young medical student Gattin. Chwat returned to Saint Petersburg in 1910 where he stayed until 1918. He fled the Russian Revolution and went to Paris that same year. He enrolled at the Beaux Arts (school of Fine Arts) and then studied at free academies. He defended French painting with passion and claimed to be “an impressionist painter of the School of Paris”.


During World War II, he took refuge in Casablanca. Following the Liberation, he went back to Paris and dedicated his time to painting. He received the Othon Friesz prize in 1952. In 1957, he visited Israel.