"Still Life - André Blondel (1909-1949)"An oil on canvas measuring 81X60 cm (without the frame montparnasse) representing a still life with the puppet by André Blondel (1909-1949)
Aleksander (Sasza) Blonder, said André Blondel, Chortkiv (Poland, today in western Ukraine) May 3 1909 - June 14, 1949 Paris, is a Polish Jewish painter of the School of Paris.
André Blondel grew up in Czortkow, a village south-east of Lvov. At the age of seventeen he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and in the same year made his first visit to Paris. In 1930, he received a scholarship, moved to Paris and studied at the School of Fine Arts in the architecture section. Back in Poland between 1930 and 1937, Blondel militates in a political organization on the left. With his friends he founded a group of artists called the "Krakow Group", whose first exhibition will take place in Lvov in 1933. He then joined the Union of Polish Artists and Writers, from which he was expelled in 1937 for political activism. . The same year, he receives for the second time a scholarship that allows him to return to Paris. In 1939 Blondel enlisted in the Polish army. Demobilized in 1940, he fled to Aix-en-Provence. In 1943, he moved to Languedoc and exhibited in Montpellier, Béziers, Toulouse and Sète, and frequented there between 1945 and 1949. He participated with François Desnoyer, Gabriel Couderc in the creation of the School of Sète. André Blondel returned to Paris in 1948 and died accidentally on June 14, 1949.