Charchoune

Charchoune

Charchoune

Charchoune

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Serge Charchoune was born on 17 August, 1888 in Bougourouslan, Samara, Russia. His mother was Russian and his father Slavic. After having been refused by the Fine Arts School of Kazan he studied painting first in Moscow and later in Paris after his arrival there in 1912. In Paris he worked with Metzinger, Segonzac, and Le Fauconnier and he exhibited Cubist paintings at the Salon des Indépendants in 1913. From 1914 to 1917 he lived in Spain where he formulated his concept of ornamental Cubism under the influence of Moslem-Arab art. He participated in the Dada movement from 1921 to 1924 and contributed to the reviews Mecano, Merz, and Manomètre in collaboration with Schwitters, Lissitsky, Tzara, Malespine, and Arp. He was attracted by the Purism of Ozenfant and Jeanneret but soon left this to devote himself to totally abstract works. His work has been presented in many of the great international exhibitions of modern art. He received the William and Noma Copley Foundation award in 1956.

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