André Lanskoy (March 31, 1902-August 24, 1976) is an abstract painter and printmaker associated mostly with the School of Paris and Tachisme, and he was most active in Paris in the 1940s. His family moved to St. Petersburg in 1905, and he fought in the Tsarist White Army during the Russian Civil War. After an injury, he relocated first to Constantinople and settled in Paris in 1921. Having been exposed to Impressionist and Modern master works at various museums, he became particularly influenced by Vincent van Gogh and James Ensor’s use of color. He eventually studied with Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and his works began to move more towards abstraction. After 1942, Lanskoy solely worked in an abstract manner, focusing on the interactions of forms and colors.
In 1921, Lanskoy participated in his first group exhibition with Russian artists at La Licorne Gallery in Paris. He went on to exhibit at Salon d’Automne of 1924, where he was discovered by Wilhelm Uhde, who began collecting Lanskoy’s paintings and prints. Lanskoy has exhibited in prominent galleries around Europe and United States including Loeb Gallery in New York, Museé Galliéra in Paris, and Neue Galerie in Zürich.
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