Composition orange. Original color lithograph, 1956. Edition of H.C. (print made for the editors) 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. In this composition, as in many others, his intense occupation with music and rhythm is evident. Color values find their equivalent in musical tonality and fill the composition with harmony.