BAR Lan David

Born in 1912 in Rava-Russkaya in Poland, David Lan-Bar (real name David Langberg) had to flee the pogroms and left for Jerusalem in 1934. With his fellow students, Yehezkel Streichman and Avigdor Stematsky, he studied with Miron Sima at the Hebrew University before settling in Tel Aviv. It was quite naturally that in 1948 he decided to broaden his artistic horizons. He arrived in Paris, in 1948 and remained there until his death in 1987, spending a lot of his time in the village of Labeaume. Throughout his art, the figurative elements gradually disappeared in favour of a work essentially centred on the superimposition of colours and the density of the paste: Jean-Pierre Delarge evokes an “abstract impressionism”.

David has been exhibited in museums in Paris (Musée national d’art moderne), Turin, Tel Aviv, Haifa, New York, Chicago (Chicago Art Institute), Montreal (Musée des beaux-arts), Detroit (Detroit Institute of Arts), at the Menton Biennial, at the Sao Paulo Biennial (in 1961) and presented in Paris

Sioma Baram, L. Hoctin, Claude Rivière, Georges Besson and D. Chevalier have devoted articles to him.

David Lan-Bar was a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.