Moissey Kogan (1879-1943) was a Russian-Jewish sculptor/artist.
Moissey (Moisey, Moishe) Kogan was educated in the spirit of Jewish tradition, but in 1903 he enrolled in the Art Academy of Munich. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he was both influenced and appreciated by Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) and Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
While exhibiting his work at the Salon d'Automne in 1925, Kogan was elected vice president of the sculpture committee, a remarkably unusual appointment for an emigrant artist. Kogan also exhibited in other Parisian galleries, as well as in Berlin, The Hague, and other European cities.
In the period before the Second World War Moissey Kogan was regarded as one of the major representatives of French neo-classical sculpture.
Between 1924 and 1928 and from 1933 to 1936 Kogan lived in Holland where he became friends with doctor and artist Hendrik Wiegersma (1891-1969), his house in Deurne 'De Wieger' was a meeting place for many artists like Ossip Zadkine (1888-1967), Otto van Rees (1884-1957) and Jan Engelman.
Kogan mostly created terra-cotta, bronze, plaster, and wood figurines which were very appealing to art lovers in Europe.
He was also a master of woodcut, linocut, etching,
He was interested in the Bible, Jewish history, and mysticism, as well as cultures of the East.
His works can be found in public and private collections worldwide.
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