Russian painter and designer; born at Sebastopol July 19, 1872. He went to Paris, and in 1885 entered the Paris Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, and, three years later, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Kaplan was a pupil of Bonnat, and in 1890 exhibited at the Salon of the Société des Beaux-Arts. In 1894 a special exhibition of his paintings was given, his "Champ de Blé" and "Soleil Couchant," landscapes, and "Etudes de Femmes," a charcoal drawing, being especially praised. At the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts Kaplan has exhibited many works of noteworthy coloring. In 1901, with "Le Terrassier," he obtained admission to the Société des Artistes Français. Among his paintings may be mentioned the trio "L'Attente," "Le Retour," and "La Rencontre," and many portraits and pastels, including representations of the Prince de Soltikoff, Carlès, former minister of the Argentine Republic, Henri Brisson, Henri Fouquier, and Mme. Réjane. Kaplan has also attracted attention by his miniatures and his illustrations, among the latter being those for the works of Guy de Maupassant.

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