Details & Cataloguing



Serge Poliakoff
1906 - 1969
signed Serge Poliakoff and dated 53 (lower left)
oil on canvas
60 x 81 cm; 23  5/8  x 31  7/8  in.
Painted in 1953.
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Galerie Ariel, Paris
Maurice Lafaille, Paris
Galerie Brimaud, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Alexis Poliakoff, Serge Poliakoff, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I, 1922 - 1954, Paris, 2004, no. 53-99, illustrated, p. 471

Catalogue Note

Poliakoff’s paintings are revealed from the interior rather than the exterior. This is true, not only for the structure and organization of his pictures, but also for the dimensions of his art. It is abstract and remote from all nature because it is Nature itself. It has not even the slightest connection with the figurative world. In parallel with the progressive refinement of the components, the understatement of its forms, its enhanced simplicity and muted shading – which almost leads to the secret realm of monochrome – give it and increasing sense of spirituality, gravity and sanctity. These paintings owe nothing to their exterior; they have no particular message. Rather, they invite one to be absorbed by them; they encourage meditation and are open to it.

Wieland Schmied