Abel Pann

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abraham rivka sarah

Abel Pann was born in Latvia in 1883. His father was a rabbi and the head of a yeshiva (Jewish religious school). At an early age showed interest in drawing, studied in an art school in Odessa. In 1903 moved to Paris and continued his studies there in an art academy, one of his teachers being the French painter Adolphe William Bourguereau. For several years he painted at that time in the style of the "School of Paris". His works aroused much interest, winning him prizes and medals. On one occasion his works were exhibited together with those of Renoir and Matisse. He contributed to humouristic journals, and was a member of the "Salon des humoristes", Paris. In the course of time he became well-known in the French capital. In 1913 he went to Palestine and taught at the "Bezalel" art school in until 1914. A few weeks before the First World War broke out, he travelled to Paris, intending to return to Palestine shortly afterwards. But because of the war, was prevented from doing so. When it became known that pogroms had taken place in Russia, he drew paintings on that theme, his purpose being to print reproductions of them. However the Russian Minister in Paris was informed of this project & succeeded in convincing the French government of the necessity to forbid the printing. During the war he painted war subjects, depicting French patriotism and the French war effort.