Edgar Chahine
Edgar Chahine

EDGAR CHAHINE (1874 – 1947)

Edgar Chahine was born in Venice of Armenian parents. At age 21 he decided to travel to Paris and pursue a career in fine arts. He studied painting under formal instruction at the Académie Julian, but his natural ability and his determination to express himself as an artist led him to a personal style based more on the reality of the streets of Paris than the confines of the classroom.

Chahine began to experiment with the possibilities of print making at the age of 25. Although he had already achieved some success with his paintings, he became fascinated with prints and soon worked exclusively in this medium. His prints were very much in demand by collectors and the well known publisher Edmond Sagot quickly became his dealer. He won several medals and awards and received many commissions.

Chahine’s print œuvre is an equal representation of elegant Parisian men and women and Bourgeois society, and more common scenes of country fairs and street life. His sympathetic depictions of children, beggars, circus performers and other often forgotten people were engaging and touched the emotions of the observer, while his portrayals of the more fashionable side of Paris accurately captured its “joie de vivre”.
In 1925 he became a French citizen and began a new burst of creative activity in fine prints and illustrated books.

Many of Chahine’s prints were lost in a fire in his atelier in 1926, and many more were destroyed in a flood in 1942.
In 1928, Edgar Chahine became extremely popular in France. By the end of that year, a museum in Crouttes – Vimountier in the Orn region of France was named after him, Musée Chahine.

Title: "RACING"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 60x50cm