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Chapiro, Jacques


CHAPIRO, JACQUES (1887–1972), Russian painter who became a prominent member of the School of Paris. Chapiro was born at Dunaburg and expressed an early taste for art by drawing in the sacred books of his local ḥeder, which led to his expulsion. After the outbreak of the Revolution he moved to Yalta in the Crimea, where he won a competition for the decoration of a Russian Orthodox basilica. Chapiro went to Moscow in 1920. There he taught painting and designed sets for the famous *Habimah production of "The Dybbuk." He also worked in the theater with Stanislavsky and others. He settled in Paris in 1925 and was deeply influenced by Bonnard and the Impressionists. Chapiro's style changed, and his exhibition of 1949 revealed him as an important and distinctive master of the School of Paris.

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