Leopold Survage

Russian/French (1879-1968)
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In 1879 Leopold Survage was born in Moscow where he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.  There he met the sculptor Alexander Archipenko, the avant-garde Russian painter Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov, and the abstract artist Kazimir Malevich from Kiev.

Survage was shown the works of Manet, Gauguin and Matisse by a rich merchant, a serendipitous introduction to modern art which convinced Survage to move to Paris in 1908. Upon his arrival in Paris Survage was fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Matisse at his academy on the Boulevard des Invalides. His old friend Archipenko introduced him to all the important art circles in Paris. Survage began to exhibit with the Cubists at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911.  He also exhibited at the Salon d’Autumne in 1912 and throughout his career. In 1912-1913 Survage created a style of painting called “Rhythme Colore” that presaged the abstract expressionist movement that was born 40 years later.  These pictures contained musical references in much the same way as the paintings by the abstract Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Many of these large music-keyed paintings by Survage are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1919 Survage was one of the original founders of the Section d’Or (Golden Section in French) along with Albert Gleizes, Georges Braque, Louis Marcoussisi, and Serge Ferat. This organization known also as Groupe de Puteaux or Puteaux Group comprised a group of painters and critics who were associated with an offshoot of Cubism called Orphism in existence from 1912 to 1914.

Beginning in 1924 Survage began to take a number of vacations to the South of France. These trips would mark a turning point in his art. He began to use bright colors and to include figures in his landscape paintings, a format that was destined to become one of his stylistic hallmarks.  In the 1930’s his work began to show a strong surrealist influence which continued in La Maternité that dates to 1942. The artist’s bright colors as well as figures can also be seen in this surrealist landscape work.

Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, 1963

La Guirlande Exhibition, Moscow 1907

Salon des Indépendents, Paris 1911, 1914

Salon d’Automne, Paris 1912, 1913

Galerie Bongard, Paris 1917 (solo)

L’Effort Modern Gallery, Paris, 1919

Galerie Granoff, Paris 1927 (solo)

Kraushaar Gallery, New York 1927 (solo)

Chester Johnson Gallery, Chicago 1927 (solo)

L’Exposition de la Peinture Français Moderne, Moscow and Leningrad, 1928

Knoedler Gallery, New York 1929

Museum of Modern Art, New York 1929, Painting in Paris

L’Exposition Universelle, Paris 1937

Exhibition Paris, 1937 (medal)

Exhibition Genoa, 1951 (medal)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon 1960

Exhibition, Turin 1964 (medal)

Art Institute of Chicago

Bezalel Museum, Jerusalem

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Céret Museum of Modern Art, France

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

Musée National d'Art Moderne Georges Pompidou, Paris

Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum, Athens

National Museum of Arts, Moscow

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

In 1879 Leopold Survage was born in Moscow where he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.  There he met the sculptor Alexander Archipenko, the avant-garde Russian painter Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov, and the abstract artist Kazimir Malevich from Kiev.

Survage was shown the works of Manet, Gauguin and Matisse by a rich merchant, a serendipitous introduction to modern art which convinced Survage to move to Paris in 1908. Upon his arrival in Paris Survage was fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Matisse at his academy on the Boulevard des Invalides. His old friend Archipenko introduced him to all the important art circles in Paris. Survage began to exhibit with the Cubists at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911.  He also exhibited at the Salon d’Autumne in 1912 and throughout his career. In 1912-1913 Survage created a style of painting called “Rhythme Colore” that presaged the abstract expressionist movement that was born 40 years later.  These pictures contained musical references in much the same way as the paintings by the abstract Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Many of these large music-keyed paintings by Survage are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1919 Survage was one of the original founders of the Section d’Or (Golden Section in French) along with Albert Gleizes, Georges Braque, Louis Marcoussisi, and Serge Ferat. This organization known also as Groupe de Puteaux or Puteaux Group comprised a group of painters and critics who were associated with an offshoot of Cubism called Orphism in existence from 1912 to 1914.

Beginning in 1924 Survage began to take a number of vacations to the South of France. These trips would mark a turning point in his art. He began to use bright colors and to include figures in his landscape paintings, a format that was destined to become one of his stylistic hallmarks.  In the 1930’s his work began to show a strong surrealist influence which continued in La Maternité that dates to 1942. The artist’s bright colors as well as figures can also be seen in this surrealist landscape work.

Awards & Memberships

Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, 1963

Selected Exhibitions

La Guirlande Exhibition, Moscow 1907

Salon des Indépendents, Paris 1911, 1914

Salon d’Automne, Paris 1912, 1913

Galerie Bongard, Paris 1917 (solo)

L’Effort Modern Gallery, Paris, 1919

Galerie Granoff, Paris 1927 (solo)

Kraushaar Gallery, New York 1927 (solo)

Chester Johnson Gallery, Chicago 1927 (solo)

L’Exposition de la Peinture Français Moderne, Moscow and Leningrad, 1928

Knoedler Gallery, New York 1929

Museum of Modern Art, New York 1929, Painting in Paris

L’Exposition Universelle, Paris 1937

Exhibition Paris, 1937 (medal)

Exhibition Genoa, 1951 (medal)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon 1960

Exhibition, Turin 1964 (medal)

Museums & Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Bezalel Museum, Jerusalem

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Céret Museum of Modern Art, France

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

Musée National d'Art Moderne Georges Pompidou, Paris

Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum, Athens

National Museum of Arts, Moscow

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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