This scintillating and lyrical work owes much to the Neo-Impressionists divisionist theory, that consisted of constructing the composition through the application of short dabs of complementary hues. Mendjisky's keen chromatic sense leads him to create a pulsating pattern of brushstrokes that define forms in luminescent cascades of color.
Serge Mendjisky was born in Paris to a family of painters. His renown father, Maurice Mendjisky, was very active in the Ecole de Paris, which brought together artists from all of Europe as well as the Soviet Union who had fled political persecution in their homelands, and were now studying each other's artistic styles as well cross pollinating with the major French artists of the period.
Serge Mendjisky studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts of Paris, and started exhibiting his work in the major salons and Parisian galleries from a very early age. He was particularly drawn to the work of the Impressionists and the Pointillists, notably Monet and Seurat. The City of Lights provided him with ample subject matter for his compositions which were luminous, highly chromatic and lyrical in their rendition of Paris' vibrant waterways and magnificent architecture. He captured the magic of the City, whose animated streets, colorful outdoor markets, elegant buildings and lush gardens supplied him with seeming endless sources of inspiration.
He had numerous one man shows throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S., and his work was acquired by important collectors such as the Agha Khan and Nelson Rockefeller.
French Artist (1929 -)
'The Seine and the Pont Marie'
Oil on canvas
23 x 32 in.
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Art Museum;
Pushkin Museum in Moscow;
Van Gogh Museum, Arles;
Musee Carnavalet, Paris;
Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
Serge Mendjisky, Editions Galerie Palmyre Saint Honore, Paris Musees, 2006.