André Lanskoy - Composition (Ohne Titel)
Composition (Ohne Titel)
Oil on canvas 100.5 x 73 cm Framed. Signed 'LANSKOY' in violet lower right. - Occasional fine early-stage craquelure, otherwise in fine condition.
André Lanskoy was among France's most important representatives of the Art Informel of the “Nouvelle École de Paris” and of lyrical abstraction.
Lanskoy was born in Moscow in 1902. In 1921, after various stops along the way, he arrived in Paris, where he would live and work until his death. While studying at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Lanskoy was primarily interested in the still life, interior and portrait paintings of Henri Matisse, Chaim Soutine and, not least, Amadeo Modigliani. Collectors like the “marchand-amateur” Wilhelm Uhde or the industrialist Roger Dutilleul discovered the young artist and provided him with patronage; his friendships with Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Léopold Survage and Ossip Zadkine or, later, Nicolas de Staël cemented his significance within the Parisian art scene.
In its suggestively organic framework of form and colour, the present composition strikingly demonstrates the subtle tectonics of the surface that distinguished Lanskoy's abstract compositions from the 1940s onwards and which furnished the artist with the attention of an ever-larger audience - also on the international stage.
The inclusion in the catalogue raisonné of the artist has been requested, The work will be presented to the Comité André Lanskoy, Paris, at the next meeting on 5 November 2020.
The meeting of the Comité André Lanskoy dated 5 November has been postponed due to current pandmeic related travel restrictions. A new date has not been scheduled yet.
De Vuyst Kunstgalerij, Auktion Oude en Moderne Kunst, Lokeren 6 October 2001, Lot 519; Private collection, Rhineland