NADIA

BLOKH

(1925-2009)

COMPOSITION (NEW YORK)

1986

Oil on canvas

150х130 cm

Nadia Blok (maiden name Ermolaeva-Zagoskina) belongs to the famous Russian constellation of artists of the first emigration wave and, at the same time, the last representative of the legendary Parisian school. Born in Bulgaria in 1925, she grew up in southern France, in Marseille. Then she lived in Paris, Geneva, New York. This artist’s life serves as an excellent example of exterritoriality in the best sense of this word. In other words, Nadia Blok’s life is a bright and illustrious example of successful and fruitful integration of expat’s children into the Western world. 

It is for more than 50 years that the artist lived in perfect harmony with Alexander Arnoldovich Bloch (penname of Jean Blot). Her spouse is a distinguished French writer and critic born in Moscow in 1923. He authored several novels and literature study works on Russian classical writers – Ivan Goncharov, Vladimir Nabokov, Osip Mandelshtamm.

A special handwriting of this artist can be easily recognized in all of her canvasses: the volatility and transparency of her brush, that particular vibration that is invariably felt in Russian painters’ works, despite inevitable, though sometimes transient, impacts of the trends of that era.

When a wonderful book by Ludmila Volkova, Nadia’s Stories, containing short stories about the life and creative work of Franco-Russian artist Nadia Blok, appeared in St. Petersburg in 2009, painting admirers were able to get acquainted, thanks to photoprints, with her pictures (1948-2007). Since 1958, the artist successfully held personal exhibitions in Geneva, Rome, Paris and Moscow.

 

 
ART

SKYROS

1981

Canvas, oil

195х130 cm

MEDITERRANEAN SEA
1976
Canvas, oil
198 x 130 cm

COMPOSITION
1970
Wood, oil
87 x 121 cm

SKYROS
1981
Canvas, oil
100 x 81 cm

SUNDAY
1972
Oil on canvas, collage
135 x 115 cm

SKYROS
1964
Canvas, oil
40 x 50 cm

COMPOSITION
1970
Canvas, oil, glass
56 x 66 cm

SKYROS
1960
Canvas, oil
40 x 50 cm

COMPOSITION
1 967
Oil on canvas, glass
83 x 102 cm

MONDAY
1970
Oil on canvas, collage
93 x 74 cm

LAKE
1981
Canvas, oil
100 x 100 cm

SAIL
1981
Canvas, oil
100 x 100 cm

BYZANTIUM
1970s
Canvas, oil
105 x 45 cm

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