Graduated from the Royal Odessa Academy, David Ossipovitch Widhopff studied at the Royal academy of Munich, learning from Max Herterich (1880-1952).
In August 1887, David Ossipovitch Widhopff arrived in Paris, went to the academy of Rodolphe Julian (1839-1907), and became a student of Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1911) and Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911). He exhibited at the Salon de Paris of 1888, 1891 and 1893, and at the Tuileries exhibition. He traveled to Brazil and founded an Arts school in the Parà State.
Back in Paris, David Ossipovitch Widhopff lived in Montmartre and becomes friend with Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) and Leon Dechamps (1864-1899), Director of “La plume” (The Feather) magazine.
In 1908, he became illustrator when he met Hugues Delorme (1864-1942) and Jules Roques at the “Courrier Français” (the French mail) magazine. With his colleague, Adolphe Willette (1857-1926), he worked a long time for this magazine.
Starting in 1896, David Ossipovitch Widhopff became the primary supplier of drawings and portraits for the people of Arts and Shows.
Fot the “Manufacture des Gobelins” (National tapestry workshop), he made drawings for posters and tapestry patterns.
His friends gave David Ossipovitch Widhopff the nickname of “Hercules” and said: “as powerful from his soul than his torso …. he has enchanted Paris with his power, his goodness, his indefatigable heart, his indefatigable talent …. having the taste for health and for women power…. his physical power did not prevent him to show delicacy, enormity and grace”.
With his friend Linna, the lived in Ecouen, rue Adeline (Adeline street).
For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (bilingual French-English).