BORN 8 Jan 1900, Moscow - DIED 12 Oct 1969, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, Essonne: Cimetière russe de Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, rue Léo Lagrange (Tomb 3079, plan V)
Serge Poliakoff fled the Russian Revolution in 1917. He went to Constantinople first and then in 1923 to Paris. There he studied painting at the Académie Forchot and Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1935 he continued his studies at the Slade School of Art in London.
He started painting figuratieve, but after 1935 his work became more abstract. He was influenced by Kandinsky, whom he met after he treturned to Paris. He was also in contact with Robert and Sonia Delaunay. From the 1950s onwards his works were shown internationally. In 1962 he received the French nationality.
Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994