Composition abstraite. 1958. Oil on panel. Poliakoff 58-151. Lower right signed . 100 x 81 cm (39.3 x 31.8 in).
Compositions from the 1950/60s are among the artist's most sought-after works on the international auction market. This work is accompanied by a photo expertise signed by Alexis Poliakoff, Paris, and dated 28.10.2003. The work is registered at the Poliakoff archive, Paris, with the number 958082.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris (verso of wooden frame with a typographically inscribed label and a small label with the hand-written number "D 6569"). Galerie Française, Munich. Private collection Bavaria (acquired from aforementioned in 2007).
EXHIBITION: Serge Poliakoff auf Sylt. Galerie Peerlings, Sylt 20 May - 5 September 2004, with color illu. 15. Serge Poliakoff - Klangfülle der Abstraktion, Galerie Française, Munich (Art Cologne) 27 October - 1 January 2017, color illu. 27. Serge Poliakoff - Retrospektive, Hypokunsthalle Munich 27 April - 8 July 2007, cat. no. 53 with color illu.
Serge Poliakoff, along with Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Soulages, Jean Fautrier and others, belongs among the main representatives of an artist circle which made history as the "Nouvelle École de Paris". However, the name is misleading, as "Nouvelle École de Paris" was not a school or stylistic tendency in a narrow sense, but rather the development of abstract painting in Paris after World War II, all the way into the early 1960s. Poliakoff worked out a very own form of abstract painting by putting color fields side by side. This atmospherically dense painting in a reduced coloring marks the peak of his artistic development, that was not only groundbreaking in terms of form, additionally, it also captured art’s zeitgeist. With unmeasurable creative powers Poliakoff enables us to discover abstract painting over and over: "Many people say there is nothing to see in abstract painting. If you ask me, I could live my life over and over again, and still wouldn`t be able to express everything I have seen." (Serge Poliakoff, transl. of quote after: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, edition 31, issue 21, III 1995, p. 2).