David Lan-bar was born David Langberg in Poland in 1912 and later moved to Paris, where he became part of the loose association of largely Jewish, Eastern European emigres, know as the Second Ecole de Paris, mixing with Ossip Zadkine, Jacques Lipschitz and Andre Lanskoy, among others. His early figurative works were executed in an Expressionist manner but after 1950, he embraced Abstract Expressionism with great freedom of form and colour. He held his first exhibition at the Galerie Breteau in Paris and went on to exhibit widely at the Biennial of Sao Paulo, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh) and San Francisco Museum of Art. His work is held in collections including MOMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian American Art Musuem.