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Constantin Kluge Biography
Kluge is a very well known
post-Impressionist artist of the twentieth
century. Although he was born on January
29, 1912 in Riga Russia, he is famous for
his paintings of both Paris and the
countryside of France.
He was the son of a Russian military officer and of a
Russian Professor of Literature. His family
was quite wealthy and well known. Because
of his father's postings much of his
childhood was spent growing up in Manchuria,
Shanghai and Beijing. While learning how to
speak Mandarin as well as his native
Russian, he studied Chinese calligraphy in
his youth. The fine brush strokes of
calligraphy is evident in the fine strokes
that he also used while painting. Also in
Beijing he attended the French Municipal
High School where he learned French and grew
up studying art.
Because his parents wanted him to have a profession
that would enable Constantin to support
himself financially, they sent him to Paris
in 1931 to study architecture at L'ecole des
Beaux-Arts. While he was studying
architecture, he also pursued his true love
of painting. He was enchanted by the Latin
Quarter, other areas of Paris, and the
French country-side which were the initial
subjects of his paintings.
A few months after graduation, Constantin
returned to his family in Shanghai at the
beginning of World War II. During this time
Constantin initially tried to work as an
architect, however because of the lack of
building due to the war and Japanese
occupation, he found himself spending more
of his time painting. After the war was over, the environment in
Shanghai grew tense with the rise of Mao's
armies.His family decided to move to Hong Kong.
Initially while in Hong he worked as an architect to
support himself and his family. However
during this time he sent his free time
continuing his first love of painting.
Eventually by the early 1950's because of
the threat of Communist Chinese's takeover
of Hong Kong, he and his family moved back
to his beloved Paris of his youth.
Upon arriving in Paris, he abandoned
architecture, and started his full-time
career as an artist. Constantin was a
prolific painter and his works were quite
popular. He was a success both artistically
and financially. Of his many awards, he
received the Gold Medal, Salon des Artistes
Francais and the Chevalier de la Legion
d'Honneur by the French government.
Looking at Constantin's life work, one notices his love
of Paris, of French landscapes, of
portraits, and water scenes. His command of
architecture is evident in the buildings of
his beloved Paris. However as a pure artist
who studied careful Chinese calligraphy his
subtle paintings of landscapes, beautiful
womaen, and water scenes are also
breath-taking and much admired.
Constantin passed away in January 16, 2003.