Painting: Unique Affair

Pascin's preoccupation was women.

At the age of 16, he was already using girls from a Bucharest bordello as mod els. This in itself was nothing new: Toulouse-Lautrec had endlessly sketched prostitutes, and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d' Avignon represents a famous brothel. But for Pascin, prostitutes be came both his main subject and a way of life, and in many ways he found his brush with life more important than his brush with the canvas.

Innocence & Enticement. Born in Bulgaria in 1885 as Julius Mordecai Pincas, the eighth of eleven children of a Spanish Sephardi and his Serbian-Italian wife, he...

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