André Lanskoy

André Lanskoy was born in 1902 in Moscow. He studied in St. Petersburg and then in Kiev. It was in 1921 that he arrived in Paris, passionate about painting, and joined the Grande-Chaumière, an academy that saw Tamara De Lempicka, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and others.

He was quickly noticed by German gallery owner and collector Wilhelm Uhde who made him make his first personal exhibition in 1925. André Lanskoy is then a figurative painter, in the Slavic lineage, with fixed interiors, marked by a very "flat" perspective.

It is from 1938 that his painting evolves towards abstraction. He begins the realization of a series of gouaches (probably his favorite technique) where, little by little, he reviews his conception of the cutting of space. His paintings are very geometric, made of large white lines that cut his subjects, still figurative. Then he frees himself from the representation, to decompose the forms, transforming the characters of yesteryear into an assembly of soft tasks.

His work is not unlike that of Nicolas de Stael, whom he was a close friend, Poliakoff or even Soutine with whom he had built a solid friendship from his early years in Paris.

André Lanskoy, the great Russian painter of the Paris School, died in Paris in 1976. He is buried in the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.

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38 x 46.5 cm - Oil on canvas 1930


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