Serge Poliakoff Abstract Composition 1954

Artwork details

Artist
Serge Poliakoff 1900–1969
Title
Abstract Composition
Composition abstraite
Date 1954
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1159 x 889 mm
frame: 1236 x 965 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1961
Reference
T00404

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Poliakoff was born in Russia but left in 1919, becoming a travelling musician. He settled in Paris some years later. Although he began painting in the 1930s he was not able to give up his musical profession for painting until 1952. Poliakoff's technique of dividing the canvas into coloured interlocking planes owes much to Cubism.

August 2004

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