Sunday 12 July 2015

Léopold Survage, 1879–1968 (Russian-born French painter)

* In 1913, Léopold Survage produced abstract compositions entitled Rythmes colorés which used colour and movement to evoke a type of musical sensation. From 1917, he shared a studio — and a penchant for alcoholic excesses — with Amedeo Modigliani in Paris. Survage later moved to Nice where he 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. He died on 31 October 1968.

BIRTH DATA: Léopold Frédéric Sturzwage, 31 July 1879, 21:30 (9:30 PM) LMT (-2:30:20), Moscow, Russia (55n45, 37e35). ASC: 4 Aries. RR: AA (From quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites his baptismal record translated into French by the Imperial Russian Consulate in Nice in 1917 as quoted in Daniel Abadie's "Survage: les années héroïques" (Musée d'art moderne, Musée Matisse [Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France],1993), p. 120: "1879 31 JUILLET Naissance à Moscou à 9 heures et demie du soir de Léopold Frédéric Sturzwage, fils de Léopold Edouard, citoyen de Villmanstrand (actuellement Lappeenranta en Finlande) et de Marie Caroline Emma Eggholm (ainsi qu'en témoigne son acte de baptême traduit au Consulat impérial de Russie à Nice en 1917)."

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