Painter of the month - Chaim Soutine 1893-1943

INTRIGUING FACTS ABOUT SOUTINE’S RAGS-TO-RICHES STORY Born Haim Sutin in Smilavichy in the Minsk Governorate of the Russian Empire (present day Belarus). Soutine was the 10th of 11 children from a deeply religious, poor Jewish family. Soutine was sent to Minsk to work as a photo editor. Soutine was severely beaten by a rabbi’s son for secretly drawing a portrait of the rabbi, which is considered unacceptable in the Jewish tradition. Soutine was awarded 25 roubles from the rabbi’s family for the attack, an amount that made it possible for him to attend art school. In 1913 Soutine arrived in Paris, the completely broke 20-year-old painter was full of hopes and expectations he found shelter in

January Newsletter 2019

WISHING YOU ALL A FANTASTIC 2019 After losing my mum in 2018, I’ve been thinking about my family. I have a very creative and large family and extended family; there are six boys (including me and my cousin Chris) and my sister, Shani Struthers, who herself is an author. Writing in the paranormal/horror genre, her Psychic Surveys and This Haunted World series often tops the Amazon genre charts and year after year are attracting a huge number of fans. There’s also been interest from Netflix in one of her books, so watch this space! My brother Steven is a talented carpenter; he has lovingly renovated a camper van, which he regularly blogs about and loves to paint too. H

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