Ida Karskaya

Born: 1905, Bender (Bessarabia)
Died: 1990, Paris

Painter, graphic artist, illustrator, applied artist. Born in Bender in Bessarabia in the family of Grigory Schreibman (1905). Lived in Paris (from 1924), where she studied medicine. Developed an interest in painting under the direction of her husband, Sergei Karsky, and Chaïm Soutine (1935). Painted abstract works (from late 1940s), sometimes including in them solid forms (leaves, bark, reels of wire) and fragments of puppets (from 1960s). Worked in book illustration, designed textiles and carpets (1960s–70s). Received a prize from the city of Paris for a carpet completed at the Obusson studios. Died in Paris (1990). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1936). Contributed to the Salon des Tuileries (from 1936), Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (1955), Comparaisons (from 1954), international exhibitions in Lausanne (1975), The Russian View (Heidelberg, 1974), More Russians (Paris, 1975) and one-woman shows in Montpellier (1943), Paris (1946, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1980, 1989), New York (1956), Munich (1959), Rome (1960), Turin (1960), Milan (1960), Bolie (1972) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (1974).

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