signed; titled and dated 59 on the reverse
oil on canvas
100 by 81 cm.
39 3/8 by 31 7/8 in.
This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity issued by André Schoeller, Paris and will be included in the forthcoming André Lanskoy Catalogue Raisonné.
PROVENANCE A. Pittiglio Collection, Paris Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1990
"We cannot surpass nature, for it is the only goal that we have in painting." The artist in Lanskoy, Le Musée National Russe, Palace Editions, 2006, p.69
Russian painters were to play an important role in the development of the New School of Paris, with Serge Poliakoff, Nicolas de Staël and Andre Lanskoy all at the forefront of the wave of abstraction which hit the French capital in the Post-War period. While Lanskoy's early works had been largely painterly portraits and landscapes, the late 1930's saw him experimenting with the abstraction which was to dominate his output from 1942 onwards. But like Kandinsky before him, Lanskoy understood the importance of retaining some aspects of nature in his canvases, and aimed to reflect an 'interior world' with the dynamic slashes and vibrant tones which inhabit his work. It was not until the 1950's that Lanskoy's paintings reached a truly international audience, spurred on by the exhibitions organised in New York by Louis Carré in the early part of the decade and Leo Castelli's Young Painters in the USA and France show at Sidney Janis Gallery. Both of these gallery shows included Lanskoy's distinctive canvases, placing them in context with the works of contemporaries including Hartung, Soulage, Kline and Pollock.