"Paris Picturesque Garabed Momdjian (1922-2006): “menilmontant” 1958; Post-impressionist"
PICTURESQUE PARIS Garabed Momdjian (1922-2006): “Menilmontant”, gouache on paper, signed lower right, dated 1955 and located on the back: Menilmontant, size: 37 x 55 cm. Post-Impressionist Garabed A. MOMDJIAN painter of Armenian origin, born in Constantinople on August 7, 1922. Lives and works in Paris. From a refugee family in Greece, then settled in France in 1922. He appeared at the Exhibition of Armenian Painters in 1946. Critics cite his landscapes and his sentimental aspects of the Parisian suburbs. Figure in Bénézit “Critical and documentary dictionary of painters, sculptors, designers and engravers”. He painted landscapes from all over the world, Armenia, Greece, and all of France, mainly Paris. His paintings have a great luminosity, and a lot of poetry. Very sensitive painter with a big heart. Silver Medal of the City of Paris. He died in Paris on May 20, 2006. Garabed Momdjian is a painter characteristic of the Paris school. His work is both inspired by the painters of Montmartre as well as by the most dreamlike beasts (Dufy and Marquet…) The vigor of his drawing is softened by the color which responds to him autonomously by following his own path. Paris is described and magnified in the manner of the painters of the Eastern countries creating the old-fashioned, nostalgic and timeless atmosphere of the City of Light. Like the Armenian painters who preceded him, Momdjian is at ease with aerial perspectives which end in a poetic space conducive to the resonance of the subject.