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  • Provenance

    Aquired directly from the artist; Christie and Lionel Cavalero, Galerie Cavalero, Cannes

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Serge Poliakoff, 23 June - 16 November, 1970; Paris, Forum des Halles de Paris, Paris, patrie des peintres, 12 June - 16 July, 1978; Mandelieu, Château de La Napoule, ARCREA 86, 17 March - 14 April, 1986; Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art, Serge Poliakoff, 27 August - 2 October, 1988; Amagasaki, Tsukashin Hall, 8 October - 8 November, 1988

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Serge Poliakoff, Paris, 1970, no. 76 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Forum des Halles de Paris, Paris, patrie des peintres, Paris, 1978, p. 77 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Château de La Napoule, ARCREA 86, Mandelieu, 1986, n.p. (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, The Seibu Museum of Art, Serge Poliakoff, Tokyo, 1988, n.p.; Exhibition Catalogue, Tsukashin Hall, Amagasaki, 1988, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Among the artists to attend the School of Paris, Serge Poliakoff emerged with a unique abstract style. Originally from Russia he migrated throughout Europe after fleeing the Russian Revolution and landed in Paris during the beginnings of various abstract art movements. The present lot is characteristic of his individual abstract style that has no figurative context and completely relies on fields of colour. The different bright contrasting blocks of colour are limited in range, but stay charged when juxtaposed against each other. Learning from the tradition of Russian painting and its reliance on intense colours, Poliakoff pulls from the practices of his homeland while adapting them to a distinctive abstract style.

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Composition

1967
Oil on canvas.
97 x 130 cm. (38 1/4 x 51 1/8 in).
Signed 'sergePoliakoff' lower left. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Estimate
£250,000 - 350,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm
London