"Dimitri Merinoff (1896-1971) Woman At The Water's Edge 1931"Dimitri Merinoff (1896-1971) Woman at the water's edge 1931, gouache, 42x51cm, signed lower right. Workshop stamp at lower left. Sketch on the back and stamp of the artist; small restoration in the bottom right corner.
Heir to the Russian avant-garde of the 1910s, Dimitri Mérinoff, like Larionov and Kontchalovski, was marked by popular primitivism. Settled in Paris around 1920, Mérinoff explores new themes; he discovered Matisse, following a classical tradition, he then introduced into his works an atmosphere of a strange dream close to the Metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. He exhibited in Paris from 1925, then opened an Academy on rue Blomet in Montparnasse at the suite by Marie Vassilieff. He then frequented the Montparnasse in the 1930s, became friends with Soutine. In 1928-1929, like De Chirico and in the same spirit, he created projects for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. From 1947, Dimitri Mérinoff continued his career in the United States, evolving towards more abstract works, mixing collages and matter. Exhibition in 1980 at MOMA in New York, works 1950-1970. His works from the Parisian years are rare on the market.