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Léopold Survage Art

LÉOPOLD SURVAGE (FINLAND, 1879–1968)

At a young age, Léopold Survage was directed to enter the piano factory operated by his Finnish father. He learned to play piano and then completed a commercial diploma in 1897. After a severe illness at the age of 22, Survage rethought his career and entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Introduced to the modern movement through the collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, he cast his lot with the Russian avant-garde and, by 1906, was loosely affiliated with the circle of the magazine Zolotoye runo. He met Alexander Archipenko, exhibiting with him in the company of David Burlyuk, Vladimir Burlyuk, Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova.

With Hélène Moniuschko, later his wife, he traveled to Western Europe, visiting Paris in July 1908. The couple eventually settled in Paris where Survage worked as a piano tuner and briefly attended the short-lived school run by Henri Matisse. He exhibited with the Jack of Diamonds group in Moscow in 1910 and first showed his work in France at the urging of Archipenko in the Salon d'Automne of 1911. In 1913, Survage produced abstract compositions using color and movement to evoke a type of musical sensation. Entitled Rythmes colorés, he planned to animate these illustrations using film to form "symphonies en couleur". He saw these abstract images as flowing together, but he exhibited the ink wash drawings separately at the Salon d'Automne in 1913 and Salon des Indépendants in 1914. Articles on these works were published by Guillaume Apollinaire (Paris-J., July 1914) and Survage himself (Soirées Paris, July–August 1914).

In June 1914, to develop his idea, Survage unsuccessfully applied for a patent to the Gaumont Film Company. Had he been able to raise the funds, he would have preceded Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter as the first to develop abstract films. Beginning in 1917, Survage shared a studio and a penchant for alcoholic excesses with Amedeo Modigliani in Paris. Survage later moved to Nice and, over the next eight years, produced highly structured oils and works on paper linked together by a series of leitmotifs, repeating groups of symbolic elements—man, sea, building, flower, window, curtain, bird as if they were protagonists in a series of moving images. The influence may have been Marc Chagall's, an artist well known for his insertions of floating couples, cows, roosters, and sundry Jewish iconography. By 1922, Survage had begun to move away from Cubism in favor of the neo-classical form. He was perhaps influenced by commissions for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, beginning with sets and costumes for Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa Mavra at the Paris Opéra in 1922. Although mainly a painter, he also produced stage, tapestry, and textile designs during this period (notably for the house of Chanel in 1933). Toward the end of the 1930s, as a result of his contact with André Masson, Survage became increasingly charmed by symbols and mysticism. The curvilinear forms that had previously dominated his compositions came, once again, under the control of the geometric structure. Survage was inducted into France's Légion d'Honneur in 1963. He died on 31 October 1968 in Paris.

(Biography provided by Galleria d'arte Pirra)
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Nature Morte aux Fleurs by Leopold Survage - Cubist still life painting
By Léopold Survage
Located in London, GB
Nature Morte aux Fleurs by LÉOPOLD SURVAGE (1879-1968) Oil on canvas 54 x 65 cm (21¹/₄ x 25⁵/₈ inches) Signed lower left, Survage Executed circa 1918 Provenance J.M. Tyrell, Paradi...
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Early 20th Century Cubist Léopold Survage Art

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1926 drawing by French, cubist artist Leopold Survage
By Léopold Survage
Located in Petworth, GB
Leopold Survage (French / Finnish 1879- 1968) Visage et architecture Signed ‘Survage 26’ (lower right) Pencil on paper 10.1/2 x 8.1/4 in. (27 x 21 cm.) Having risen to the status of...
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1920s Cubist Léopold Survage Art

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Paper, Pencil

1932 Cubist drawing by French artist Leopold Survage
By Léopold Survage
Located in Petworth, GB
Leopold Survage (French / Finnish 1879- 1968) Danseur et femme assise Signed and dated ‘Survage 32’ (lower right) Pencil on paper 7.3/4 x 10.1/4 in. (20 x 26 cm.) Having risen to th...
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20th Century Cubist Léopold Survage Art

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Horse - Original Etching by Léopold Survage - 1953
By Léopold Survage
Located in Roma, IT
Horse is an original artwork realized by Léopold Survage in 1953. Hand signed in pencil on the lower right margin, numbered on the lower left. Edition of 60. Printed by Editions Em...
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1950s Modern Léopold Survage Art

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Etching

Porteuse - Léopold Survage, modern, abstract, portrait, french, bright, surreal
By Léopold Survage
Located in London, GB
Léopold Survage (1879-1968) Porteuse 1962 oil on canvas 100 x 81.3 cm signed and dated ‘Survage. 48.’ (lower right) Price: $63,000 USD (inc. 5% UK import VAT) Provenance: Estate of...
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1960s Surrealist Léopold Survage Art

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"Landscape" watercolor cm. 30 x 22 1910
By Léopold Survage
Located in Torino, IT
Landscape,France,1910,Fouves Léopold SURVAGE (1879-1968) At a young age, Survage was directed to enter the piano factory operated by his Finnish father. He learned to play piano, th...
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Sur La Plage (On the Beach)
By Léopold Survage
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Sur La Plage (On the Beach) Graphite on paper, 1930 Signed and dated twice (once upside down to fit top composition, see photo) Signed with the estate stamp lower right (see photo) S...
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1930s Cubist Léopold Survage Art

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Graphite

Ville by LÉOPOLD SURVAGE - art, colourful cubist oil painting by Modern master
By Léopold Survage
Located in London, GB
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Oil, Graphite

Ischia
By Léopold Survage
Located in Roma, IT
Ischia is a beautiful watercolor with soft eathly color tones of a glimpse into the town of Ischia. The piece was realized by Léopold Survage in 1947. This unique piece is hand-signe...
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1940s Modern Léopold Survage Art

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Untitled (Standing Woman)
By Léopold Survage
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Leopold Survage (1879-1968) Untitled (Woman Standing) Graphite on paper, 1933 Signed in pencil by the artist: Survage Signed with the estate stamp lower right Signed in pencil "LS" f...
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1930s Cubist Léopold Survage Art

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Graphite

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