Sale: 525 / Evening Sale, Dec. 10. 2021 in Munich Lot 208

 

208
Serge Poliakoff
Composition abstraite, Um 1963.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 - 80,000

 
$ 69,600 - 92,800

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Composition abstraite. Um 1963.
Oil on canvas.
Poliakoff 63-85. Bottom right monogrammed. Signed and belatedly dated "Paris 1959", presumably by a hand other thna that of the artist. With a crossed-out inscription. 33 x 41 cm (12.9 x 16.1 in).

• Poliakoff is one of the main protagonists of Color Field Painting in Europe.
• Characteristic composition with a particularly fascinating black-and-white center.
• Unusual color landscape with a haptically appealing surface structure.
• The bright compositons from the 1950/60s are among the most sought-after works on the international auction market.
• Paintings from this period of creation can be found in important international collections like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris
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Accompanied by a certificate from the Serge Poliakoff Archive, Paris, dated September 10, 2003 (in copy). The work is registered with the number "965080". We are grateful to Alexis and Thaddée Poliakoff for kindly providing us with information.

PROVENANCE: Galleria d'Arte Rinaldo Rotta, Genoa.
Private collection Saxony (presumably since 2003).

EXHIBITION: Serge Poliakoff, Galerie Döbele, Dresden, June 20, 2003 - August 30, 2003.

LITERATURE: Dresdner Stadtleben, June 30, 2003, with black-and-white illu. on p. 9.
Dredner Neueste Nachrichten, July 26, 2003, no p., with illu.
"Abstract art is a composite that must spread out into the cosmos. While figurative painting lives within the frame, the abstract must run over the frame to create a cosmos. The painting must always step out of the canvas."
Serge Poliakoff, quoted from: Gérard Durozoi, Serge Poliakoff. Monograph, Paris 2005, p. 174.



Called up: December 10, 2021 - ca. 17.46 h +/- 20 min.

After figurative beginnings, Serge Poliakoff, who is one of the most important protagonists of European Color Field Painting, began his first abstractions in the 1940s and finally attained his characteristic style of clearly contoured, gently interlocking color fields around 1950. While the compositions from the early 1950s, often still reduced in terms of form and color, are documents of Poliakoff's enormous artistic progressiveness of the post-war years especially in comparison with the contemporary work of the American color field painters Clifford Still and Ellsworth Kelly, Poliakoff found his unmistakable style in the colorful and multi-part color fields that he made since the end of the 1950s. In the present composition, Poliakoff puts on a powerful and confident play with the central black-and-white contrast, which he develops to a bright black-red and black-yellow contrast towards the margins. In contrast to red and white, the black forms the composition‘s center. The special harmony of Poliakoff's painterly work unfolds through the gradations of the colors, the forms‘ density increasing towards the center, and the tension between the colored surfaces. With immeasurable creative power, Poliakoff lets us rediscover the individual effect and interaction of colors and thus the almost unlimited emotional expressiveness of abstract painting in his unique compositions: "Many people say that there is nothing to see in abstract painting. If you ask me, I could live three lives and still not have said everything I see. " Serge Poliakoff, quoted from: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, edition 31, issue 21, III 1995, p. 2. [JS]



 

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