François Zdenek Eberl studied at the School of Fine Arts in his hometown in 1905 for two years, before traveling to Stockholm, Munich, and Amsterdam. He arrived in Paris in 1912 and settled in Montparnasse. In 1913, he started to exhibit at the Parisian salons. Following the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the French army. Back in Paris in 1919, he met Francis Carco, Roland Dorgeles, and Pierre Mac Orlan in Montparnasse. They supported his painting and he produced a number of illustrations for them. Eberl was inspired by Parisian folklore. His favorite themes were street scenes, nightclubs, the life of the “poor men in Paris” and, in particular, portraits of women, which Arsene Alexandre called “Jocondes du trottoir” (Mona Lisas on the game).
In 1927, Eberl organized an exhibition in Stockholm called “French Art.” From 1930, he spent his time between his studio in Montmartre and his studio in Monaco on Chemin de la Turbie. He participated in the Principality’s artistic life, and was subsequently appointed general commissioner at the exhibition “Ecole de Paris” (School of Paris) in 1938. In 1939, Eberl exhibited the anti-Nazi painting Kultur- Kampf at the Salon d’Automne. He took refuge in Monaco in 1939 and was actively involved in the Resistance. After the Liberation, Eberl returned to Paris. He was awarded the Populist Prize in 1954. He died in October 1962 in his studio in Paris.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015