Jen Carzou (Karnik Zulumyan) is one of the leading modern French artists. He was born in Aleppo (Syria) and received his artistic training in Paris, where he settled in 1924. He achieved great success in 1953 with an exhibition of his Venetian landscapes and with his designs for the ballet “Giselle” at the Paris Opera. Carzou was awarded several major prizes and the Legion d’Honneur, and in 1978 he was elected a member of the French Academy of Arts.
In the combination of elegant, fine and energetic lines – Carzou’s main means of expression – the world seems to be a vision reflecting the artist’s deep poetic perception of the beauty of nature and human creation. The fantastical and the concrete, faithfulness to reality and imagination come together in his works.
The artist retained links with his motherland and is not only highly respected in France, but also greatly loved in Armenia. In 1992 one of the oldest churches in Manosque, the interior of which he decorated with frescoes embodying the essence of his art, became the Museum of Carzou.
- The Plough, 1957
- The Grand Canal.Venice, 1975
- The Burnt Land, 1978
- Armenia. Earthquake. Hope, 1989
- The Musician. Detail of the “Apocalypse.” Church at Manosque, 1991
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