Nicolas de Staël

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 5, 1914, De Staël studied at the Brussels Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, and spent the majority of his career living in France. He befriended contemporaries such as Georges Braque and Robert Delaunay, and enjoyed widespread critical success. Much of what we consider contemporary painting today—including the Color Field movement—was predicted in his later canvases. Despite the fact that his paintings were in high demand in New York and Paris, De Staël’s lifelong battle with depression ended on March 16, 1955, when he leapt from his studio window to his death in Antibes, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others.


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