André Lanskoy


Born in Moscow, Russia, Andrei Michailovich Lanskoy or as he would be called later on: André Lanskoy was a Russian artist, who would become the ideal ambassador of the Tachism (derived from the French word “tache” for stain) movement, a European equivalent to the American Lyrical Abstraction.

In 1905 his family moved to Saint Petersburg, the capital in 1909 and in 1918 he moved to Ukraine, leaving back his homeland in an effort to avoid the events after the Russian Revolution. In Kiev, he created his first paintings. In 1921, after a short stay in Crimea and Constantinople, André Lanskoy reached Paris, where he stayed for the rest of his life. In Paris, he started painting more regularly, as he said: “Literally in the first night I started to paint and I haven’t stopped since”. He had the chance to meet with numerous artists such as: Serge Poliakoff and Nicolas De Staël. Their works were an important influence to Lanskoy’s style. After 1937, he studied Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky and the style of his works gradually transitioned towards Abstraction. André Lanskoy spent a lot of time at museums. He admired James Ensor’s and Vincent Van Gogh’s use of colour. In 1923, he participated in his very first group exhibition with other Russian painters, at the La Licorne Gallery, in Paris. Wilhelm Uhde discovered Lanskoy’s art at the Salon d'Automne - 1924 and started collecting his works.

Since Lanskoy’s solo exhibition in 1925, numerous museums and important private collectors have acquired his works. During the 40’s and the following decades, Lanskoy’s work gained international recognition through prestigious shows like the exhibition with the New York Fine Arts Associates in 1956.


André Lanskoy , Etude pour une mosaïque
André Lanskoy , Composition
André Lanskoy , Composition abstraite sur fond orange (circa 1955)
André Lanskoy , Composition sur fond noir
André Lanskoy , Untitled (1960)