Jean Jansem

Biography Hovhannes “Jean” Semerdjian

1920 Born in Seuleuze (Bursa), former Armenian part of Turkey (Spent his early childhood in
Salonique, Greece)
1936 – 1938 Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
1939 First painting shown at the Salon des independants, Paris
1940 – 1949 Attended La Grande Chaumiere workshop in Montparnasse, Paris
1951 Populist Prize, France
1953 Antral Prize, France
1958 Biennale de Bruges Prize, Belgium
1958 Comparaison Prize, Mexico
1958 Voburitz Award
1958 Museum of Mexico Award
1969 Retrospective at Mitsukosi Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
1978 Opening of the Galerie Matignon, Paris to promote and distribute his work
1992 Opening of the Jansem Museum, Tokyo Ginza, Japan
1993 Opening of the Azumino Jansem Museum, Nagano-Ken, Japan
1997 Knight of the French Arts and Literature Order
2002 Emeritus Doctorate from the Republic of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences
2003 Knight of the French Legion of Honour
2003 A series of 4 documentary films was produced about his life and work – DVD available in
English, Japanese and French from Galerie Matignon, Paris

Hovhannes “Jean” Semerdjian (9 March 1920 – 27 August 2013), also known as Jean Jansem, was a French-Armenian painter.
Jansem’s artworks are internationally known, and are part of museum collections throughout France, Japan and the United States.
He was awarded by the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1953 and by the Knight of the French Legion of Honour in 2003.
The President of Armenia awarded Jansem a Medal of Honor for his “reinforcement of Armenian-French cultural ties.”
Hovhannes Semerdjian was born in 1920 in Bursa, Turkey. In 1922, his family fled to Greece. He spent his childhood in Thessaloniki.[3] They arrived to Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb of Paris, France in 1931 when he was 11 and that is when he begin to paint. The first professional schools for Jansem became free academies of Montparnasse (1934-1936). He studied in the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs.
His teachers were Brianshon, Legjon and Udon. Jansem also studied at the Sabatie studio for a year. Early paintings by Jansem were mainly to national issues. He had individual exhibitions in Paris, New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Rome, Brussels, Lausanne, Beirut etc. Hovhannes Semerdjian was elected the President of the Young Artists’ Saloon in 1956.
He won the Comparison prize in Mexico in 1958. In Japan, two museums were built to honor Jansem?s work, located in Tokyo Ginza and Nagano Prefecture Azumino. In 1973 he visited Armenia for the first time. In 2001, 34 of his paintings were given to the Museum of the Armenian Genocide.
The act of painting reveals who we are. We are betrayed by what we love.
Jean Jansem
On 10 March 2010, the day after Jansem’s 90th birthday, during a visit to France, the President of Armenia awarded Jansem a medal of honour saying the following, “Our nation is proud of you and values highly your art. While living outside Armenia, you have made our country more recognizable, extending our nation’s good name all over the world.”
Jansem died on 27 August 2013, aged 93, outside Paris.

Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Still Life of blue soup purse-1990

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Small dancer-1990

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Sitting ballerina -1969

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Seated Woman-1970

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -River bank-1966

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Procession No1- 1987

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Palace in Venice -1967

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Old lady and a bouquet of retrospective-1962

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Nude was the masked-1960

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Mother and child with the umbrella-1963

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Moonlit night of masquerade-1978

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Mascarade -1995

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Lemon sell -1958

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Head of a Woman

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Hand with a sunflower-1963

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Jean Jansem(HovhannesSemerdjian) -Hair Girl-1964

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