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Eugen Gabritschevsky
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Eugen Gabritschevsky
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Eugen Gabritschevsky


Sarah Lombardi, Valérie Rousseau, Antoine de Galbert


Eugen Gabritschevsky (1893–1979) was born in Moscow into an intellectual and multilingual family of the upper bourgeoisie. As a young child, he developed a passion for the natural sciences—in particular, entomology—and went on to study biology, specializing in genetics at university. In 1925, he traveled to New York, where he carried out post-doctoral studies on the transmission of colors in mimetic insects at Columbia University, and then worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1927. His successful scientific career was cut short by the aggravation of his mental condition, leading to his admission into a psychiatric hospital in Haar, near Munich, Germany, in 1931. There, Gabritschevsky began working on what would become a prolific and refined body of work that, by the time of his death, comprised more than three thousand gouaches, drawings, and watercolors on paper. His artistic adventure was founded on the same attentive observation of nature that had been at the heart of his scientific interests. This publication accompanies the first major exhibition of Eugen Gabritschevsky’s work, shown at La maison rouge in Paris, the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York from 2016 to 2017. It comprises more than two hundred color reproductions of works (including his early works in charcoal), in-depth essays, a detailed chronology illustrated by previously unpublished photographs, and a bibliography. This reference book on the artist offers an illuminating overview of Gabritschevsky’s rich and fertile intellectual and creative contributions.

ISBN: 978-94-6161-322-6
Publication date: Jul 2016
Pages: 164
Illustrations: 200

Size:22 x 28

softcover with flaps
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