Survage, Léopold

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Survage, Léopold Gender: M
Léopold Frédéric Sturzwage
born on 31 July 1879 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Moscow, Russian Federation, 55n45, 37e35
Timezone LMT m37e35 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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Léopold Survage (Portrait by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918)


French painter of Russian-Danish-Finnish descent.

In 1913, Survage produced abstract compositions using color and movement to evoke a type of musical sensation. Entitled Rythmes colorés, he planned to animate these illustrations by means of film to form "symphonies en couleur". He saw these abstract images as flowing together, but he exhibited the ink wash drawings separately at the Salon d'Automne in 1913 and Salon des Indépendants in 1914.

Beginning in 1917, Survage shared a studio—and a penchant for alcoholic excesses—with Amedeo Modigliani in Paris. Survage later moved to Nice and, over the next eight years, 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.

By 1922, Survage had begun to move away from Cubism in favour of the neo-classical form. He was perhaps influenced by commissions for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, beginning with sets and costumes for Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa Mavra at the Paris Opéra in 1922. Although mainly a painter, he also produced stage, tapestry, and textile designs during this period (notably for the house of Chanel in 1933).

Survage was inducted into France's Légion d'Honneur in 1963. He died on 31 October 1968.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites his baptismal record translated into French by the Imperial Russian Consulate in Nice in 1917 as quoted in "Survage: les années héroïques" by Daniel Abadie (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)."


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)