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Serge Charchoune is a painter of Russian origin, born in 1888 and died in France in 1975. He arrived in Paris in 1912 and did not return to Russia because of the arrival of the Bolsheviks to power. He became interested in and took part in the Dada movement thanks to his meeting with Picabia in Barcelona. The 1920s is the time of his so-called purist period, after his meeting with Amédéée Ozenfant and Le Corbusier. During this time, he himself created a Russian-speaking Dada group, "Palata Poetov", and then a magazine, "Perevoz Dada". But the 1930s were hard for him: the economic crisis plunged him into poverty until the 1940s, before he finally began to exhibit his work again. These were also the years when he found himself somewhat neglected by the artistic and intellectual circles of Paris. However, one meeting marked him, that of Nicolas de Staël who was fascinated by his painting and declared: "he is the greatest of us". It was also in these years that two elements appeared recurrently in his painting: music and water. He takes the habit of painting next to a small transistor playing pieces of Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky... Literature also occupies a large place in his work, he who has long hesitated to become a writer before turning to painting. He mixes these influences, he writes: "I was, and I remained a man of nature, but I was also born a man of the arts, and these three elements, the forest, the river, the music, became very quickly for me a pictorial harmony that I sought to render on paper.

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