Osip (Josif) Braz

Born: 1873, Odessa
Died: 1936, Paris

Painter, teacher. Born in the family of Emmanuil Braz in Odessa (1873). Studied under Kyriakos Kostandi at the Odessa School of Drawing (until 1890), at Simon Hollósy’s school and the Königliche Akademie der Künste in Munich (1890–94), at private academies in Paris and under Ilya Repin at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1895–96). Painted in an Impressionist style (1900s), influenced by Paul Cézanne (1910s). Member of the World of Art (1900, 1910) and the Union of Russian Artists (1903). Taught at his own studio (1890s–1910s), School of Drawing of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1902–04) and the State Free Art Studios/VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN in Petrograd/Leningrad (1920–24, 1927–28, professor). Academician of painting (1914). Restorer and curator at the Hermitage (1918–20, 1927–28). Emigrated to France (1924). Died in Paris (1936). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1893). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Fellowship of South Russian Artists (1893–98, 1908, 1913), Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1896–99), World of Art (1900–03, 1911–24), 36 Artists (1901, 1902) and the Union of Russian Artists (1903–06).

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