Serge Poliakoff  (1900-1969)


Serge Poliakoff


‚Composition bleue,verte, rouge‘ from ‚L‘été‘


Color lithograph on Arches handmade paper
size 38 x 28 cm / 15 x 11 inches
Edition 115
signed and numbered

Poliakoff-composition-noir-bleu-et-rouge-Galerie Jeanne-Munich
Serge Poliakoff


‚Composition noire, bleue et rouge‘


Lithograph on handmade paper
about 38 x 28 cm
edition 250
signed and numbered

Poliakoff-Composition-bleue-jaune-et-rouge - Galerie Jeanne-Munich

Serge Poliakoff


‚Composition jaune, bleue, rouge‘


Lithograph on handmade paper
size 63 x 47,5 cm
Edition 75
signed and numbered

Serge Poliakoff


Composition bleue, grise, rouge et jaune‘


Lithograph on handmade paper
size 65 x 82 cm
Edition 75
signed and numbered



Serge Poliakoff (January 8, 1900 in Moscow – October 1969) discovered art at the age of 14. It’s not far from drawing lessons to the first landscape studies.

After years in the army, Serge Poliakoff finds a new home in Paris – as a musician he can live there.

From 1929, the Académie de la Grande-Chaumière became his painting school. Group exhibitions follow. From 1933 Poliakoff studied at the Académie Frochot with Derf and Friesz. In 1935 he went to London with his French partner and attended the Grosvenor School of Art and the Slade School of Art. The artefacts in the British Museum became his school.


The years 1937-1939  in Paris were of decisive importance for Serge Poliakoff’s artistic career


From here, Poliakoff will become an important pacesetter at the École de Paris. Here the encounters with the artist friends Wassily Kandinsky, who promotes abstraction in Poliakoff’s works, with Sonia Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, who make his palette more emotional, and above all with Otto Freundlich, who strongly influences his style and composition.

From then on, Poliakoff painted abstract paintings.


From 1946 the artist’s palette became almost monochrome in soft colors. His first lithograph is printed and opens up a new medium for Serge Poliakoff.


It was the year 1952 that Serge Poliakoff became independent as a painter


He gets his first gallery contract and can give up the music that has fed his family up to now.

His encounter with the works of Malevitch changed his palette again – even with negated color an expression is intensive and possible. His work will be shown overseas for the first time. He was enthusiastically received in New York. In 1953-1954 the gazettes were enthusiastic about the artist and his exhibitions were well attended.

The 1956 Lissone Prize and a monograph on Serge Poliakoff speak for themselves.

In 1957 Poliakoff ventured into etching for the first time. In the following years he travels with his exhibitions through European museums and inspires with individual exhibitions. Three years later, the Kunsthalle Bern shows over 130 works by the artist.

In 1958, Serge Poliakoff has international solo exhibitions in museums in France, Germany and England.

In 1966, Poliakoff was awarded the Grand Prize at the Menton Biennial. A retrospective at the Maison de la Caen will be his last exhibition in his lifetime.

Serge Poliakoff dies in 1969.


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