This small, museum-quality show, organized by scholars Esti Dunow and Maurice Tuchman, is composed of just 16 paintings. All are loans from private collections, and none, miraculously, are for sale. Many are being shown for the first time since Russian-Jewish painter Chaim Soutine’s 1950 MoMA retrospective. Soutine is a painter’s painter, and it is worth going to Kasmin to see in person his particular mastery of the medium.
Rather than being a cool painter, Soutine was irrepressible. The earliest painting in the show, Landscape with Donkey (1918), is a post-Cézanne countryside—all red-roofed geometry, it surprises by the inclusion of a very flat, very pert donkey in the lower left