PARIS–One of the greatest Armenian painters of the 20th century and a member of the French Academy of Arts–Karzou–nee Karnig Zouloumian–died last Saturday in a hospital in Perrijeau–France. He was 93. Burial was held Wednesday
For the past two years–Karzou was ill and had stopped working. He was living in solitary in the aforementioned French city. The French media reported the great artist’s death the day of his funeral.
Karzou was born on January 1–1907 in Aleppo–Syria to parents who had left Dikranagert.
He received his primary education at the Kaloustian School in Cairo–and after receiving a scholarship at the age of 17–he moved to Paris–where he studied architecture.
His artistic career began as a cartoonist and he worked in the French press as a unique cartoonist. However–it would become evident that his calling was painting.
In 1939–Karzou exhibited his first works and since then he has been a fixture in the international art world.
In December–1977–Karzou was awarded a membership in the prestigious French Academy of Arts. He was welcomed at the Academy on April 4–1979 where he made a speech–the gist of which created controversy in France at the time.
With Karzou’s death–the international and Armenian communities lose a great talent–about whom the art world will have much to say for years to come.