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To be sold at our Important Sale: Modern & Contemporary Art + Design 10 – 12 May 2023
Lot 447 André Lanskoy (Russia/France 1902‑1976). ”En sortant de l’angoisse”. Signed Lanskoy lower right and titled and dated 61 on the reverse. Oil on canvas, 100 x 73 cm.
This work is recorded in the archives of Comité Lanskoy, Paris and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. It will be included in the forthcoming André Lanskoy catalogue raisonné.
400.000 – 600.000 SEK
€ 35.000 – 53.000
Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris.
Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm.
Stockholms Auktionsverk, 10 November 2017, lot 528.
A Swedish private collection, acquired at the above sale.
Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, ”André Lanskoy: oljemålningar 1958‑61”, October 1961, cat. no. 15.
Painter and printmaker André Lanskoy was born in Moscow but spent most of his life in France, where he moved in 1921. Upon his arrival in Paris, Lanskoy said: ”Literally in the first night I started to paint and I haven’t stopped since.” He studied painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the bursting city of Paris drew him to frequent visits to museums, art exhibitions and galleries. The works of James Ensor and Vincent van Gogh and their expressive brushstrokes and colour palette particularly fascinated him and in his early still lifes, interiors and landscapes this is highly noticeable. While living in Paris, Lanskoy developed close friendships with Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Michel Coulon and later Nicolas de Staël.
His early works were mainly figurative, as shown in his first group exhibition with Russian painters at La Licorne Gallery in Paris 1923. The important German collector and art dealer Wilhelm Uhde discovered Lanskoy at the Salon d’Automne in 1924 and started to collect his works. The following year, a solo exhibition was organized with the help of Uhde where numerous works were acquired by prominent museums and collectors. Together with other Russian artists living in Paris, such as Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Leopold Survage and Ossip Zadkine, Lanskoy continued to show his works and began to attract a larger crowd. In 1937, Lanskoy’s focus shifted from the figurative motifs towards a more abstract style and from 1942 he devoted himself completely to the abstract expressionism. The artist stated: ”Even though every brushstroke represents for itself a transformed reality, it receives its true meaning in the context of surrounding shades of color.” The following decades played a major part in Lanskoy’s life as he exhibited his works at a number of important galleries in Paris and abroad, such as the 1948 show at the Galerie Louis Carré in Paris, 1951 at the Galerie Jacques Dubourg, 1953 at The Tooth and Sons Gallery and 1959 at the Loeb Gallery in New York. Throughout his life, he continued to explore the interaction between colour and form. His bright abstract compositions are characterised by patterns and rhythm, inspired by the intriguing works of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
”En sortant de l’angoisse” dates from 1961 and is a stunning work that exemplifies the brilliant technique of André Lanskoy. It was exhibited at Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet’s André Lanskoy show the same year it was painted. The striking colours are bold and contrasting in orange, pink, yellow and different shades of blue against a blue and purple background. Occasional black paint further exaggerate the swirling composition and almost create a movement within the abstract pattern. André Lanskoy is considered to be one of the leading figures within 20th century art and he is represented in numerous important museum collections and private collections worldwide. ■