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Serge Poliakoff (Russian, 1906–1969)
LOT ID: 79099
Composition Yellow, Grey, Blue and Carmin, 1959

Lithograph
28.75 х 19.5 in. (73.03 x 49.53 cm.)
Signed, in pencil lower right Serge Poliakoff, marked 177/200 lower left.
Edition 177/200
Lot description
Abstract Lithograph. Image size is 22.5 x 17.5.

Serge Poliakoff (1900-1969) fled the 1917 Russian Revolution and traveled to Paris where he spent the majority of the rest of his life and went on to become one of the most important members of Ecole de Paris. He studied at the Acadamie Forchot, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and then at the Slade School of Art in London. In the mid-1930s, Poliakoff turned to abstract art, focusing on color without figurative content. He was profoundly influenced by Kandinsky, as well as Robert and Sonia Delaunay, who introduced him the idea that colors and color contrasts could convey specific emotions.

Poliakoff's unique style of abstraction focuses on the arrangement of varied juxtaposed colors. Browns and grays from the 1940s evolved in bright contrasting tones of the 1950s. Later, he returned to using earth tones and producing more monochrome works. In 1953, Poliakoff began producing lithographs, and starting in 1957, he worked in etchings and aquatints.
Composition Yellow, Grey, Blue and Carmin by Serge Poliakoff
  • Composition Yellow, Grey, Blue and Carmin by Serge Poliakoff
  • Composition Yellow, Grey, Blue and Carmin by Serge Poliakoff
  • Composition Yellow, Grey, Blue and Carmin by Serge Poliakoff
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