Serge Poliakoff


Gouache on paper


Offer Watterman Gallery, Londres

Private Collection, Londres

Lord Strauss, Londres

Sotheby's, Londres


Serge Poliakoff 1959 - 1962 Vol III n 62 - 105 p 323

Serge Poliakoff

Serge Poliakoff was born in Moscou in 1900 and obtain French nationality in 1962.

Young he decides to follow school in the drawing school of Moscou but to flee the war he became an itinerant musician and make a trip as far as Paris in 1923 where he continue to play guitar in Russian music halls. He decide to took the opportunity to be in France to follow school at the Academy “ Grande Chaumière” but continue to produce academic paintings.           

After a trip of two years in London where he discovers abstract art and leet Sonia Delaunay and Vassily Kandisky… his paintings change and reveale the light there is in different colours and the emotion provide by art and without figurative representation.

Serge Poliakoff’s compositions are built on forms curved and colored and permit to him to become an important artist of “L’Ecole de Paris”.

In the 40s, he’s focus on grey and brown color before change into works more colourful and geometrics in 1950.

At the end of his life, he presented works monochromatics paintings and became major in abstraction painting.

In 2013, an importante retrospective has been organised at the modern museum of Paris called “the form’s dreams”. Success has been immediate for this artist, which develop his own language “the lyric abstract”.

Serge Poliakoff died in 1969.