Jean Jansem

Jean Jansem

(1920-2013) French-American

Jansem’s artworks are internationally known and are part of prestigious museum collections across France, Japan, and the United States. Born in Turkey, Jansem’s family fled to Greece in 1922 and arrived in France in 1931 at the age of eleven and began to paint. He studied at academies of Montparnasse and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. Jansem’s early work is characterized by his mother and child heroes, garnering the name the miserablist, an artist of unfortunate people and his subjectmatter later matured through the inspiration of Goya and Brueghel.

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