- STAEL, Nicholas de
- Nicholas de Stael was born in St Petersburg but was brought up in Brussels. He went to Paris in 1934 and became one of the leading abstract painters, coming under the influence of Georges Braque, whom he met during the war. His later works, after 1952, mark a return to a kind of representation in which the forms, though mostly abstract, were recognizably landscapes, still-life, or other real objects. He always insisted that he was not an abstract painter, but a non-figurative one. He committed suicide in 1955.
There are works by him in Berne, Boston, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, London (Tate), Minneapolis, New York (M of MA), Ottawa, Paris (Mus. d'Art Mod.), Toronto and Zurich.
- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
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