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Almine Rech

The estate of Serge Poliakoff

Serge Poliakoff (Moscow, January 8, 1900 – October 12, 1969) was a Russian-born French modernist painter belonging to the 'New' École de Paris (Tachisme).

Poliakoff's early life was marked by upheaval and displacement due to political unrest in Russia. He fled the country during the Russian Revolution and eventually settled in Paris in the 1920s.
Poliakoff was exposed to the avant-garde art movements of the time, particularly Cubism and Fauvism, which influenced his early work. Over time, he developed his unique style, moving towards pure abstraction. His paintings often featured bold, contrasting colors and abstract forms that conveyed a sense of rhythm and movement. Poliakoff's work was a fusion of his Russian heritage and the contemporary European art scene. With these influences, Poliakoff quickly came to be considered one of the most powerful painters of his generation.

His works are now displayed in a large number of museums abroad: Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C., US), MoMA (New York, US), Tate (London, UK), The Art Institute of Chicago, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain), among others. In 2014, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, devoted a large-scale retrospective to the abstract painter which included 150 works from the period 1946–1969.

Selected artworks

  • Serge Poliakoff,                                      Composition à la forme noire, 1950

    Serge Poliakoff Composition à la forme noire, 1950

    Oil on canvas

    81 x 100 cm
    32 x 39 1/2 in

  • Serge Poliakoff,                                      Orange et bleu, 1951

    Serge Poliakoff Orange et bleu, 1951

    Signed on the bottom right: 'Serge Poliakoff'

    Oil on canvas

    100 x 80 cm
    39 1/2 x 31 1/2 in