continues to travel, to paint portraits and landscapes and to smoke. This
is how he lets pass the chance to treat the illness in its early days.
Pricert trusts his lucky star. Everything he touches is a success. He has
great projects, students appareciate him, he has many friends in France
and all over the world. He is faithful to his old friends from the
Montparnasse years. He keeps an open house: Italians, Swedes, Americans,
English, Israelis visit his artist studio. He defends and asserts his
deliberate choice for figurative painting. Challenged by his daughter he
paints a Picasso in the cubist style.
1963 he exhibits at the Salon des Indépendants with two paintings, one of which is a large
marine : “The Venice Laguna”, and decides to spend the summer in
Israel. He puts on a successful exhibition at the Katz
Gallery echoed by the press in several languages about his Venice
paintings, his harlequins and the views from his artist studio.
1964 he exhibits again at the Salon
des Indépndants with two paintings to include one large composition
made in Safed during his stay in Israel. In November, he is appointed
President of the Association of Jewish Painters and Sculptors of
March 1965 following the steps of Toulouse-Lautrec, he takes an active
part in the defence of the Circus with other painters among which his
friends André Levé, by painting clowns in a circus. At the Salon
des Indépendants, he displays a new composition : “Jeune
fille à Martigues”.
May 1965 he is awarded the Silver Medal of the Ville de Paris crowning all
1966 he exhibits again two paintings at the Salon
des Indépendants, to include a large landscape “Winter in Crans sur
Sierre”. During a stay in Neris les Bains, he paints his last
paintings and fills his sketch book with drawings and notes, and organizes
inspite of his growing fatigue an exhibition at the Art
Gallery in Luxemburg. He takes part in the opening (vernissage), but
is not longer strong enough to attend the whole exhibition as he had
always done previously.
1967 Raphael Pricert dies on Febraury 2nd from his long and
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