Chaïm Soutine was an important trailblazer in the avant-garde of the late 19th
and early 20th
Centuries. A refugee, he arrived in Paris as an awkward, timid, and impoverished outsider. He was soon befriended by Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques Lipschitz, and other young artistic rebels who regarded him as a genius. His radical ideas, his use of blazing color, and his ability to express emotion by pouring and layering paint on the canvas have distinguished him as a singular phenomenon.