Pink cloud, circa 1950
Oil painting diluted with gasoline on canvas
Dimensions: 60 x 100 cm
Signed lower right: "Marcelle Loubchansky"
Provenance: Private collection, New York
Marcelle Loubchansky is a Franco-Russian arist born in 1917 in Paris. After the war, she established herself as one of the emblematic figures of lyrical abstraction of the new School of Paris.
She exhibited for the first time in 1948 at the Galerie Breteau. In 1952, she met the art critic Charles Estienne, designer of "Tachisme", who invited her the following year to exhibit within the circle of "Tachistes", a movement revolving around the surrealist sphere. The first exhibition was held at the new surrealist gallery “l'Étoile scellée”, of which André Breton is the artistic director. With her contemporaries (Simon Hantaï, Iaroslav Serpan, Judith Reigl and many others), Marcelle Loubchansky favored the plastic aspects of form, movement and task.
Loubchansky was immediately noticed by the "pope of Surrealism": “No one has known how to liberate and revive all these forms emerged from the center of the earth and"participating in both humidity and flame" which attest a new gestation [...] ”. In 1954, The young artistic director of Galerie Kléber, Jean Fournier, exhibited her work alongside Simon Hantaï, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Joan Mitchell. Marcelle Loubchansky joined the group until 1965 and made the front page of Harper's Bazar during the article devoted to the Galerie Kléber.
In a few years, Loubchansky was famous and her painting followed a real evolution. Her experiments with color diluted with petrol are innovative and bring a unique fluidity to the treatment of shapes. Fully dominated in its early days, the surface gradually frees up and stimulates the universe with a color absorbed by the canvas. At the end of the 1960s, and during the 1970s, Marcelle Loubchansky oriented her art towards what she called “Stellar Prospects”. The Cosmos and its variations became her favorite themes.