Soutine’s Portraits — Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

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Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys brings together a collection of portraits by the Parisian painter Chaim Soutine, who many regard as the true heir to Vincent van Gogh.

Soutine was fascinated by the lowly and overlooked cooks and waiters that staffed French hotels and restaurants, and from the 1920s onwards he asked them to sit for him in their boldly coloured uniforms. The result was a series of powerful portraits that showed the emotion and deep sense of humanity that could be found in such modest sitters.

It was these portraits that helped to establish Soutine's reputation, and turned him from a struggling artist into a wealthy one.

 

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