Georges Artemoff, a painter and sculptor of Russian origin, is closely linked to the artistic innovations of the first half of the 20th century in France. Educated in Rostov-on Don and then in Moscow between 1906 and 1912, he received a scholarship to travel to Paris in 1913. Upon his arrived in Paris he met his countryman, Ossip Zadkine who introduced Artemoff to the biggest names in the Parisian artworld, Picasso, Soutine, Gray and Modigliani. He volunteered to join the French Army in 1914 but as a result of a serious wound he moved back to Russia in 1917, Remaining here until 1922, he returned to Paris and until 1939 worked primarily as a set decorator on a whole series of theatrical shows including many for the Danseuses Russe at the Caveau Caucasien in Montmartre. One of his set designs entitled ‘Hunting the Wild Boar’ won the gold medal at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1928. One of the major features of this production remains the animal theme and the perfection of the rendering of forms. Also, during the late 1920’s and early 1930s he undertook a series of sculptures very much influenced by the new Art Deco movement. These took two forms, his three-dimensional animal sculptures in wood and his carved relief panels depicting Greek and Roman subjects. Among his most famous sculptural compositions are "The Tiger Hunt" (1932 and 1934), the ensemble of "Faunas musicians and dancers" (private collection, Paris, v. 1930), "La Biche" (private collection, Paris, 1930), "The Enchanting Fish" (Center Pompidou, Paris, 1930, on deposit at the Goya Museum, Castres). Having lost his first wife in 1938, Georges Artemoff was forced to hide during the Second World War in the Tarn Region of France. He remained there until his death in 1965 to devote himself to expressionist style painting as well as drawing and scraped paper. Testifying to a growing fame, his achievements are presented in many museums - in Paris (Beaubourg), Toulouse, Montpellier (Fabre museum), Sète or Castres.