Collection: André Lanskoy

André Lanskoy (March 31, 1902 – August 24, 1976) was a Russian painter and printmaker who worked in France. He is associated with the School of Paris and Tachism, an abstract painting movement that began in the 1940s.

Lanskoy spent a lot of time in museums and was influenced by James Ensor and Vincent van Gogh's use of color. In 1923, he participated in his first group exhibitions of Russian painters at the La Licorne Gallery in Paris. Wilhelm Uhde discovered Lanskoy's paintings at the 1924 Autumn Salon and became a collector of his works in the following years. In 1925, Lanskoy exhibited alone and his works were acquired by museums and important private collectors. Beginning in 1937, his paintings began a transition toward abstraction and he studied both Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.

In 1962 he began work on a large project of original prints and collages to accompany Nikolai Gogol's novel Diary of a Madman. He worked on this project for fourteen years, until his death, resulting in 150 collages and 80 lithographs. In 1966 he exhibited at the Galliéra Museum in Paris. In 1969 he exhibited at the Neue Galerie in Zurich. Lanskoy died on August 24, 1976 in Paris. The Aras Gallery brought together the extensive series of prints Diario de un loco and organized a large posthumous exhibition in 1989.