Serge Poliakoff  (Russian, 1906-1969) 

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Born in Russia, Serge Poliakoff (Russian, 1990–1969) was a Paris-based painter associated with the European expressionist Taschisme movement and the CoBrA group. Poliakoff fled his home city of Moscow during the Russian Revolution in 1917, and made his way from Constantinople to Paris over the course of six years, supporting himself by playing the guitar. In Paris, he attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, where he worked in a traditionally academic style.

On a 1935 trip to London, however, he encountered the abstractions of Egyptian art and, influenced by the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Robert Delaunay (1885–1941), and Otto Freundlich (1878–1943), developed his own style of abstract painting featuring interlocking areas of color. In the 1940s, his palette was confined to variegated shades of grey and black, while in the 1950s, he expanded his selection to include bright colors. By the 1960s, Poliakoff was an established painter and earned an entire room in the 1962 Venice Biennial. At the end of his life, he suffered health troubles, leading to the production of smaller scale paintings and lithographs. He died in Paris in 1969.

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Serge Poliakoff, Bleu, blanc, rouge

 

Serge Poliakoff
Bleu, blanc, rouge
1962

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Serge Poliakoff, Composition noire, bleue et mauve

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition noire, bleue et mauve
1964

Auction: Apr 18, 2014
Mallet Japan
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Serge Poliakoff, Composition orange, verte et rouge

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition orange, verte et rouge
1965

Galerie Schwarzer GmbH
Serge Poliakoff, Composition in Red, Blue and Black

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition in Red, Blue and Black
1969

Denis Bloch Fine Art
Serge Poliakoff, Composition jaune et bleue

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition jaune et bleue
1968

Galerie Thomas
Serge Poliakoff, Composition

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition
1959

Ma Galerie
Serge Poliakoff, Composition abstraite

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition abstraite
1962

Galerie Ludorff
Serge Poliakoff, Composition Abstraite

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition Abstraite
1959

Galerie Ludorff
Serge Poliakoff, Composition verte, bleue, rouge et jaune

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition verte, bleue, rouge et jaune
1968

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
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Serge Poliakoff, Composition VII rouge, carmin et jaune

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition VII rouge, carmin et jaune, 1958
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Serge Poliakoff, Composition abstraite

 

Serge Poliakoff
Composition abstraite, 1960
gouache on paper

 

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Serge Poliakoff, Dialogue de Platon (bk w/8 works)

 

Serge Poliakoff
Dialogue de Platon (bk w/8 works)
color etchings

 

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1900   Born in Moscow
1933   Académie Frochot Paris
1935 - 1937   Slade School of Art London, England
1947   Kandinsky Award
1956   Lissone Award
1965   Tokyo Biennal, International Award
1966   Menton Biennal, Grand Prize
1969   Died in Paris
1974   Retrospective, Fabre Museum Montpellier, France
1971 - 1972   Exposition Poliakoff, Tel-Aviv Museum Tel-Aviv, Israël
1969   Retrospective, Despiau-Wlerick Museum Mont-de-Marsan, France
1969   Galleria del Naviglio Venice, Italy
1968   Retrospective, Maison de la Culture de Caen Caen, France
1966   Retrospective, Saint-Gall Museum
1963   Retrospective, Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England
1962   Biennale de Venise, Venice, Italy
1961   Efteraars-Udstilligen, Palais Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Danemark
1958   International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, PA
1958   50 ans d'Art Moderne, Brussels, Belgium
1946   Centre des Recherches Paris, France
1945   Salon de Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France