"Alexandre Orloff (1899-1979) - Abstract Composition, Circa 1950"Alexandre Orloff (1899-1979)
Abstract composition, circa 1950
Mixed technique on cardboard
Signed and located in “Paris” lower right
Dimensions of the work: 24 x 18 cm
Dimensions of the frame: 40 x 30 cm
Born in Saint -Petsbourg in 1899, Alexandre Orloff left Russia in 1924 to settle in Prague where he attended the Ukrainian School of Fine Arts. His painting was exhibited in several Czechoslovak galleries before he moved to France in 1933. He became friends with artists of Russian origin including Serge Charchoune and participated with them in many Parisian salons such as the Salon des Tuileries, the Salon des Indépendants or the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.
First cubist then symbolist, his post-war painting evolves towards lyrical abstraction. This expression designates all forms of abstraction which do not come under the so-called geometric abstraction. It is the direct expression of an individual emotion on the canvas through a free plastic language. Opposition to geometric constraints became widespread within the New School of Paris from 1947 and manifests itself in very diverse aspects such as gestural painting or tachism of the 1950s.
Alexandre Orloff expresses himself through the pictorial material that 'he models freely. The painting is deposited by a few brush strokes forming more or less dense impastos that the artist manipulates ad infinitum. The colors do not blend together but remain separate units. A play of reliefs takes place between the layers: only the pure material of the painting remains, namely the touch and the grain of the canvas (of the cardboard being the work that we offer).
Prague, Galerie Nationale
Genève, Galerie Oscar Ghez - formerly Musée du Petit Palais