New York

Leopold Survage

Vestart Gallery

Leopold Survage (1879–1968) is an interesting artist on several counts. Early on, he joined the circle of the Cubists, and Apollinaire himself composed twelve Calligrames for Survage by way of introducing the painter in his first one-man show in Paris in 1917 (although he had been showing regularly at the advanced Salons of the period). In time he became the secretary of the Section d’Or, that faction of classicizing and decorative Cubists to which Gleizes, Metzinger and Marcoussis belonged, not to mention Juan Gris and the young Duchamp. His relationship to the group of expatriate Russian and Eastern European Cubists—think of Chagall, Lipchitz and Archipenko, Survage’s first and lifelong friend in Paris after his arrival from Moscow in 1908—is noteworthy. This group and their followers formed a kind of special Cubist subsection notable for its “Eastern” attachment to music-based abstraction

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