Chaye-Sasza BLONDER / André BLONDEL (1909-1949)
Polish expressionist painter from the School of Paris
Born on May, 3rd 1909 in Tchortkov/Czortkow (Poland, in the Ternopol area, now in Western Ukraine) into a family of Jewish shopkeepers.
1926: First stay in Paris.
1930-32: Student at the Beaux-Arts (High School of Arts) in Paris, in the architecture section.
Back to Poland. Student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, with
professors T. Axientowicz, W. Jarocki and F. Pautsch.
1936: Moved to Warsaw.
Personal exhibition at Warsaw's Koterby Gallery.
1937-39: Settled into his workshop at No. 5 Cité Falguière, in Paris. Took part in the International Exhibition in 1937. Met painters from the School of Paris such as Chaïm Soutine, Pinchus Kremegne, Isaac Dobrinski and Ludwig Klimek.
1939: He was drafted into the Polish army in France.
July 1940: Dismissed in Toulouse.
1940-42: Found refuge near Aix-en-Provence and then Carcassonne in the homes of Hallwachs and Rives, who were themselves with the Resistance.
1943: Married Louise Bonfils, a young physics and chemistry professor who was teaching in Carcassonne.
He set up home in Carcassone in the South of France and went through
an intense period of creativity, when he met a lot of artists and intellectuals.
He made several trips to Perpignan and Collioure where he met André Libion, Balbino Giner and other Catalan painters. During his stay, he saw Raoul Duffy who purchased three of his paintings.
In Sète, where he went to regulary, he met other future members
of the Montpellier – Sete School around Desnoyer, including Couderc,
Descossy, Barthélemy, Espinasse and Raissac. In groups of two
or three, they used to walk up St Clair hill to paint the same landscape.
Summer 1948: Moved to Sceaux and then Paris with his family.
He died accidentally on June 14th 1949 in Paris. He left more than 700 oil paintings behind and as many drawings.
MARC BLONDEL- 2010. All rights reserved.
Link to Florence Mayer Lieblich's book, a cousin, from Remember.org.
1950: Salon d'Automne,
His paintings are located in Poland and France (Sète, Montpellier, Le Havre, St Quentin and Paris).