1902 - 1976
Signed lower left 'Lanskoy'
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 76 3/4 in, 97 x 195 cm
André Lanskoy became a leading figure of Abstraction and Tachisme after moving to Paris in 1921. Born into the aristocratic elite to a family favoured by Queen Catherine the Great,...
André Lanskoy became a leading figure of Abstraction and Tachisme after moving to Paris in 1921. Born into the aristocratic elite to a family favoured by Queen Catherine the Great, Lanskoy had fought for the White Army before fleeing the Russian revolution to Western Europe. When Lanskoy arrived in Paris he began to paint, explaining: “literally in the first night I started to paint and I haven’t stopped since”.
During the 1950s Lanskoy rigorously experimented with a lyrical abstraction that stood in stark contrast to the cold geometric style around him. Having abandoned figurative painting in the 1930s, Lanskoy was driven to pursue a new means of expression, inspired by his growing friendship with fellow Parisian-based Russian artist Nicholas de Staël. Lanskoy met the young de Staël in 1944 at the Jean Bucher Gallery and formed an immediate connection, hosting a joint exhibition together in 1948. Lanskoy’s gestural representation of external sensations established his reputation, according to influential critic Pierre Guégen, as ‘one of the greatest of all abstract painters’.
‘Composition’, made around 1956, marks a particularly successful period during Lanskoy’s career when his work became extremely popular. This was largely due to Lanskoy’s blossoming relationship with the Parisian gallerist Louis Carré, who also represented other leading abstract artists such as Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages. During their sixteen year collaboration from 1948 to 1964, Carré exhibited Lanskoy numerous times and provided him with the crucial means to show his work on an international stage. Notably in the same year Lanskoy celebrated a major exhibition at the New York Fine Arts Associates.
Lanskoy is represented in numerous major public collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Recognised as one of the leading post-war abstract artists in Europe, Lanskoy exhibited at the landmark Documenta II at Kassel in 1958.
Champin-Lombrail Gautier, Enghien, November, 1984
Private Collection, Paris (acquired from the above)
This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by the Comité Lanskoy and dated 5th November, 2014