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Léopold Survage

"Painting must rid itself of immobility to become a flexible and rich means of expressing our emotions."


Notes of biography

Léopold Stuzwage, known as Léopold Survage, was born in Moscow (Russia) in 1979. He became an apprentice in a piano factory. In 1901, he began to receive art training at the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts (1901-06), where he met Larionov and Malevitch. Léopold Survage participated in an exhibition of the Russian avant-garde, “Stephanos” (1907), and in the “Jack of Diamonds” group in 1910. He settled in Paris in 1908 where, while painting, he worked as a piano tuner until 1915. His pictorial world presaged the surrealist universe and enthusiasm for Apollinaire.
After a period of experimentation during which he became interested in the rules of “Cezanne-style” construction and Cubism, he painted abstract watercolours that he called “Coloured Rhythm”. He intended to animate these creations by filming them on camera, creating a “pictorial symphony” equivalent to music; however, with the advent of war, this project never saw the light of day. His first solo exhibition was organised in Paris during the First World War (1917).
Survage painted highly-coloured canvases, figurative and symbolic compositions in which he abolished traditional rules of perspective; his figures were oversimplified and, most often, placed within an urban environment. He became a founding member of the Section d’Or (along with Gleizes, Archipenko, etc.). From 1919 until 1929, Survage expanded his oeuvre to include themes of the village and its inhabitants, works that were marked by their obvious associations with Cubism. He created sets and costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1922).
Léopold Survage obtained French nationality in 1927. Now, the figure moved to the forefront of the artist’s paintings, his palette becoming more sombre. From the 1930’s, he used a casein emulsion that preserved the brilliance of the colours. Survage created frescoes, book illustrations, and works on paper.
Léopold Survage, who held a unique position among the creators of the Ecole de Paris, died in Paris in 1968.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Léopold Survage », C. R. en préparation, Eric Brosset, Paris All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Survage », P. Fierens, Ed des Quatre Chemins, Paris, 1931
  • « Leopold Survage », cat., Musée Galliera, Paris, 1966
  • « Survage, 1879-1968 », Ed. Greer Gallery, 1968
  • « L. S. : Aquarelles, Peintures, Dessins », Ed. Direction des Musées de Nice, 1975
  • « Survage : Divertissements », Cahiers de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables-d'Olonne, 1975
  • « Survage », J. Warnod, Ed. A. Rache, Paris, 1983
  • « Survage : les années héroïques », D. Abadie, Anthèse, Paris, 1993
  • « Les lumières de Léopold Survage : Oeuvres 1910-1932 », D. Abadie, Ed. Actes Sud, 2001
  • « Survage : Les années Collioure, 1925-1932 », D. Abadie, Ed. Somogy, 2012
  • « Peintures de L. S. », G. Apollinaire, 1ère Exp. des Soirées de Paris, 1917, (Facs.) 2018
To read from the artist :
  • « Le rythme coloré », L. Survage, in La Revue du Cinéma, N°11, Tome II, 1948
  • « Survage, écrits sur la peinture », H. Seyrès, l'Archipel, Paris, 1992
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Art movements

+ CUBISM / 1907-1925 / Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Dufresne, Jacques Lipchitz, Jean Metzinger, etc.
+ SCHOOL OF PARIS MONTPARNASSE / 1915-1935 / Chaïm Soutine, Jacques Lipchitz, etc.
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