Composition lie-de-vin, jaune et noire (eng. Wine, yellow and black composition). Original color lithograph, 1961. Edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Serge Poliakoff was a Russian painter and lithographer, one of the most widely recognized of the abstract artists after World War who spent most of his life in Paris. After figurative beginnings, he finds his personal mode of abstract expression with dominance of color. His non-representational art images characterize mutually interwoven geometrical shapes of bold color. On Poliakoff’s understanding of color and the works he made throughout his career, artworks of Wassily Kandinsky and Sonia Delaunay had a profound impact. This is a composition with red wine color elements stacked side by side with contrasting yellow and black elements that make the composition dynamic. It is evident Poliakoff’s ability to fracture and mend space, illuminate flat planes, and structure abstract elements into one unique form which sustains a restless balance.