Movie screening about French-Armenian painter Zareh Mutafian (1907-1980) will be presented by painter’s son Armen (Claude) Z. Moutafian.
Zareh Mutafian was born in 1907 at Ünye, a port on the Ottoman Black Sea Coast. During the 1915 Genocide, his whole family was massacred. Left as an orphan, he finally joined the Near East Relief, first in Samsun, then in Greece. In 1923, he settled in Italy, by the Mekhitarist fathers who had then a branch in Milan, which gave him the opportunity to study painting at the Brera Academy. He held his first exhibition in 1933, and then moved to Geneva where, for the first time, he felt quiet and painted the calm nature of Switzerland. These Italian and Swiss years were followed by the French period, after his marriage in 1939 with a French Armenian dentist. His style changed quite a lot when he discovered in the Paris museums the impressionist and fauvist painters: the colour became much more important in his art, although he remained faithful to the portrait all over his career.
Born in 1942 in Clamart, France, Claude Mutafian is an associate professor of mathematics and senior lecturer from the Paris 13 University in Villetaneuse. Following the publication of several books on algebra, Mutafian devoted himself to Armenian history since 1980, particularly to the relations of Armenia with its various neighbors over time. Ph.D. in history from Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Mutafian is the author of several books on the history of Armenia.