Paul Ackerman

Paul Ackerman was a French artist of Romanian descent. Born in Iasi in a wealthy Jewish family who immigrated to France in 1912.  Paul Ackerman studied in Paris at The Lycée Charlemagne, where he met and made friends with Gabriel Arout, the future famous playwright. Since 1925 he studied law at the Sorbonne. In 1935 he married Simone Laverrière. In 1936 – 1939 studied at the Leger Academy.

Since 1936 he has been engaged in applied art: draws posters, creates sketches of jewelry and ornaments on fabrics for Elsa Schiaparelli and Marcel Roche.

Not long participated in World War II as part of the French army. He was captured, after surrender was released and settled with his wife in Saint-Tropez. There he met in Pierre Bonnard. From 1942 to 1945, Ackerman lived in Savoy.

In 1945, Paul Ackerman returned to Paris, to his former workshop. In Paris, he maintains acquaintance with Jean-Michel Atlan, Jean Dubuffet, Serge Polyakov. Alexander Garbel becomes his close friend. Later he met with Sulazh and Senesh. Ackerman often rests in Saint-Tropez, where he communicates with Bonnard and Picasso.

First exhibited after the war in 1947 at Galerie Raymond Creuse. In the late 1960s, several of his solo exhibitions were held in the UK, Germany and Canada, in 1970 – the first retrospective. In 1952 – 1964 performed the scenery for several performances at the The St. George and Edward VII theaters in Paris.

Ackerman’s early works are marked by the influence of Russian avant-garde and surrealism. During the war he was influenced by Bonnard, around 1945 – Jacques Villon and Cezanne. Ackerman became an abstractionist only in the postwar years.

1950-54 – the time of lyrical abstraction. Its main theme at this time is light and shadow (series of “The Sun”). Since 1953, under the influence of Japanese artists exhibited in Paris, has shown interest in Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, creates a calligraphic series. From the works of the philosopher René Guénon, Ackerman learned about Agartha, a mythical underground country; and interpreted one of his cycles (1965–70) as images of this mysterious country. In later cycles (Vivaldi, Venice; Dickens, London, early 70s) he returned to figurativeness and Cezannism.

The artist’s works are in the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris, the National Library of France, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, the Kassel Museum, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Paul Ackerman. Transparences
Paul Ackerman