George Kars (1880 - 1945) was born in Kraluppy, Czechoslovakia. He received art tutoring at home from an early age. Between 1900 and 1905, Kars was in Munich, where he studied painting at the Academy and the History of Art at the University and settled in Paris in 1908. Prior to his move to Paris his work was impressionistic in style, but while in Paris, Kars was mainly influenced by Cubism and his work became rather analytical. He did drawings, pastels, and oil paintings with traditional themes: landscapes, cityscapes, still-life compositions, nudes and portraits. Kars exhibited his work at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Tuileries in Paris, the Salon de Grenoble, as well as in Geneva, Amsterdam, London, and Japan. His works can be found in museums in France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Israel.When the Nazis entered Paris, Kars was away in Lyon which was not yet occupied, and held two exhibitions there. The paintings he made during this stay are now in the Lyon Art Museum. In December 1942 he crossed the border into Switzerland, and made a large number of drawings and paintings depicting refugees seeking shelter. Even though Kars himself was saved, upon hearing about the dreadful fate of his family in Czechoslovakia, on February 5, 1945, he committed suicide.In November and December 1945, a major exhibition was held in Paris in his memory. A retrospective of Kars’ work was held at the Muse dart Moderne in Troyes (France) in 1983.
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