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André Lanskoy

"One brush stroke placed on the canvas … fights against all other shapes painted next to it."


Notes of biography

Andrei Mikhailovitch Lanskoy was born in Moscow in 1902. He enlists in the Tzarist Army in 1919 and fights on the Crimean front. In 1921 he flees, to Paris. There, André Lanskoy meets other Russian artists and starts to paint after he enrolls at the Academy of the Grande-Chaumière. He discovers the work of Van Gogh, Matisse and becomes friends with Soutine who will influence his work at this time. He starts to paint landscapes, still-lives and portraits.
Wihelm Unde notices him from 1924, and in 1939, Lanskoy exhibits in Holland. His first solo exhibition takes place in Paris in 1925. The artist takes the path of abstraction towards 1937 and addresses this new style with a series of gouaches produced between 1938 and 1940. He progressively abandons figurative work for informal painting. Lanskoy works with color, refusing the immeasurable intimate universe on his canvas. He will say ‘I think that it is the love that one puts color on his palette and poses on his canvas that heats and illuminates the painting’. Lanskoy paints in a rich and generous style, his harmonies, very colorful, are sensitive and vibrant.
An important exhibition of his work is organized in Paris in 1948; it will be followed by exhibitions in Brussels, London, Lassaune, Zurich, New York, Berlin and elsewhere. He becomes known and appreciated around the world.
From the 50’s parallel to his painting, André Lanskoy will produce cartoons for tapestry, illustrated works (‘Journal d’un Fou’ of Gogol, etc.). The artist produces important works on paper, gouaches, collages, choosing to use several creative medias on the same support, lithographs. He also produces mosaics. Lanskoy is one of the last living representatives of the Russian School (Nicolas de Staël, Charchoune, Poliakoff, ...) who gave so many great painting to the School of Paris.
André Lanskoy died in Paris in 1976.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Les mosaïques, 1973-1976 », C. Bernard, Lyon, 1990 *« Collages du Journal d’un fou », C. R. en préparation, M. Guinle, Le Chevalier Chevrières *« Les dessins », C. R. en préparation, M. Guinle, Le Chevalier Chevrières *« L'oeuvre », C. R. en préparation, A. Schoeller, Paris All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • Lanskoy », R. van Gindertael, Ed. Art d’aujourd’hui, 1951
  • « Lanskoy », Jean Grenier, in revue d'art L'Oeil n°17, Lausanne, 1956
  • « Lanskoy », J. Grenier, Ed. Hazan, Paris, 1965
  • « André Lanskoy », cat. d'expo., Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Etienne, 1968
  • « André Lanskoy », Gaston Diehl, cat., Galerie Cyrus, 1977
  • « André Lanskoy », C. Zoubtchenko, cat., Galerie Pierre Guenegan, 1989
  • « André Lanskoy », P. Dron-A. Pittiglio, Pittiglio Ed., 1990
  • « André Lanskoy : Peintures de1944 à 1961 », cat., Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, 1990
  • « André Lanskoy, 1902-1976 », J. C. Marcadé, Palace Ed., 2006
  • « André Lanskoy, un peintre russe à Paris », coll., cat., MAM de Lille, 2011
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Art movements

+ SCHOOL OF PARIS / 1945-1960 / Jean Degottex, Georges Mathieu, Nicolas de Staël, etc.
+ LYRIC ART, ABSTRACT, TACHISM / 1950-1960 / Jackson Pollock, Emil Schumacher, etc.
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