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RACOFF (1904-1982)

06.06.2018 - 28.07.2018

RACOFF (1904-1982)

06.06.2018 - 28.07.2018

RACOFF (1904-1982)

06.06.2018 - 28.07.2018

ABOUT

In the 1950s, Racoff was not the only Parisian painter of Russian origin, but if Lanskoy, Poliakoff and de Staël were names that instantly evoked a fundamentally abstract Ecole de Paris, Racoff's was the harbinger of a revival of primitive painting.

Racoff came to painting at a very early age, at a painful time when his family was fleeing the revolution. Born in St Petersburg in 1904, he grew up in the Siberian town of Tomsk, which he and his family were to leave in 1918 to embark on the long exodus that would take him personally to France via China. Near the Chinese border, still in Russia, a theatre decorator introduced him to painting. When his family moved to Kharbin in China, Racoff studied law and painting, which, alongside Russian icons, revealed to him the existence of primitive European painting by the Italians, Flemish, Germans and French. From then on, his destiny as a painter was fixed.

In the 1920s, the artist arrived in France, attracted like so many others by Paris. Life in the capital was tough for unknown artists. Not without difficulty, Racoff found a job. He became an illustrator and later a picture framer. At the same time, the refugee was becoming a Parisian. His walks taught him to love the city that had almost devoured him, and he immersed himself passionately in the history of its past. During this period, he compiled a considerable amount of documentation on Old Paris, which was the pride of of his library.

In 1946, at last, a Parisian gallery, the Galerie Vendôme, gave him a chance: it was a success. Encouraged, the artist devoted himself exclusively to painting, and in 1952 his first exhibition at Dina Vierny was a resounding success, selling out in a matter of days. Not long before, the artist still doubted his possibilities: Dina Vierny sometimes recounted that, in the early days of her relationship with him, he hardly dared to enter the gallery when he brought one or two canvases that he had entrusted to her for sale. His success grew. However, the man remained true to himself. His character was always in perfect harmony with his painting and the poetic world it expressed.

Racoff works very slowly, with a precision that evokes the painting of Jules Lefranc, his friend and protector. His style allows him to use his meticulous technique to treat the architecture of his subjects.
He painted the streets of Paris, the houses and buildings that he deliberately left uninhabited. His quays along the Seine are tinged with the blue greyness of their cold winter dampness, but without vain despair. These are the memories of a walker, full of tenderness for things inventoried in their smallest details, stones, trees or lampposts. His urban landscapes exude a poetic and mysterious quality.

Racoff uses the same technical precision in his still lifes and trompe-l'œil, his other favourite themes. He paints, with rare delicacy, small details such as dewdrops or multicoloured insects. His perspectives sometimes give the painting a surreal air.

Racoff's works, which combine the strange with the poetic, stand apart in naive art and deserve to be rediscovered.

- Olivier Lorquin

EXHIBITED WORKS

Racoff
Trompe l’œil l’arrière du châssis
1960

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Aux armes de la ville
1978

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Curiosités
1978

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Café restaurant
1976

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Brocanteur
1978

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Chez Lucas
1978

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Quai de Seine avec pont
1970

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Boucherie Chevaline
1976

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
La Paella
1978

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
La Librairie de la place
1976

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Le magasin des encadrements
1967

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Place des Vosges
1965

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
La Caverne d’or
1977

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Rue Jacob
1976

Oil on isorel panel 10 5/8 x 14 in.
Racoff
Restaurants
1979

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Le mur de nomade
1972

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Trompe l’oeil
1960

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
L’auberge Le Cochon d’or
1977

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Trompe l’œil aux insectes
1960

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Le Celtique
1981

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Quai de Seine
1952

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Composition 'Far West'
1979

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Racoff
Quai de Seine
1981

Oil on isorel panel 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
Trompe l’œil l’arrière du châssis

Racoff

Trompe l’œil l’arrière du châssis

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Aux armes de la ville

Racoff

Aux armes de la ville

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Curiosités

Racoff

Curiosités

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Café restaurant

Racoff

Café restaurant

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Brocanteur

Racoff

Brocanteur

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Chez Lucas

Racoff

Chez Lucas

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine avec pont

Racoff

Quai de Seine avec pont

1970

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Boucherie Chevaline

Racoff

Boucherie Chevaline

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Paella

Racoff

La Paella

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Librairie de la place

Racoff

La Librairie de la place

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le magasin des encadrements

Racoff

Le magasin des encadrements

1967

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Place des Vosges

Racoff

Place des Vosges

1965

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Caverne d’or

Racoff

La Caverne d’or

1977

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Rue Jacob

Racoff

Rue Jacob

1976

Oil on isorel panel

10 5/8 x 14 in.

Restaurants

Racoff

Restaurants

1979

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le mur de nomade

Racoff

Le mur de nomade

1972

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Trompe l’oeil

Racoff

Trompe l’oeil

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

L’auberge Le Cochon d’or

Racoff

L’auberge Le Cochon d’or

1977

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Trompe l’œil aux insectes

Racoff

Trompe l’œil aux insectes

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le Celtique

Racoff

Le Celtique

1981

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine

Racoff

Quai de Seine

1952

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Composition 'Far West'

Racoff

Composition 'Far West'

1979

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine

Racoff

Quai de Seine

1981

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

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ABOUT

In the 1950s, Racoff was not the only Parisian painter of Russian origin, but if Lanskoy, Poliakoff and de Staël were names that instantly evoked a fundamentally abstract Ecole de Paris, Racoff's was the harbinger of a revival of primitive painting.

Racoff came to painting at a very early age, at a painful time when his family was fleeing the revolution. Born in St Petersburg in 1904, he grew up in the Siberian town of Tomsk, which he and his family were to leave in 1918 to embark on the long exodus that would take him personally to France via China. Near the Chinese border, still in Russia, a theatre decorator introduced him to painting. When his family moved to Kharbin in China, Racoff studied law and painting, which, alongside Russian icons, revealed to him the existence of primitive European painting by the Italians, Flemish, Germans and French. From then on, his destiny as a painter was fixed.

In the 1920s, the artist arrived in France, attracted like so many others by Paris. Life in the capital was tough for unknown artists. Not without difficulty, Racoff found a job. He became an illustrator and later a picture framer. At the same time, the refugee was becoming a Parisian. His walks taught him to love the city that had almost devoured him, and he immersed himself passionately in the history of its past. During this period, he compiled a considerable amount of documentation on Old Paris, which was the pride of of his library.

In 1946, at last, a Parisian gallery, the Galerie Vendôme, gave him a chance: it was a success. Encouraged, the artist devoted himself exclusively to painting, and in 1952 his first exhibition at Dina Vierny was a resounding success, selling out in a matter of days. Not long before, the artist still doubted his possibilities: Dina Vierny sometimes recounted that, in the early days of her relationship with him, he hardly dared to enter the gallery when he brought one or two canvases that he had entrusted to her for sale. His success grew. However, the man remained true to himself. His character was always in perfect harmony with his painting and the poetic world it expressed.

Racoff works very slowly, with a precision that evokes the painting of Jules Lefranc, his friend and protector. His style allows him to use his meticulous technique to treat the architecture of his subjects.
He painted the streets of Paris, the houses and buildings that he deliberately left uninhabited. His quays along the Seine are tinged with the blue greyness of their cold winter dampness, but without vain despair. These are the memories of a walker, full of tenderness for things inventoried in their smallest details, stones, trees or lampposts. His urban landscapes exude a poetic and mysterious quality.

Racoff uses the same technical precision in his still lifes and trompe-l'œil, his other favourite themes. He paints, with rare delicacy, small details such as dewdrops or multicoloured insects. His perspectives sometimes give the painting a surreal air.

Racoff's works, which combine the strange with the poetic, stand apart in naive art and deserve to be rediscovered.

- Olivier Lorquin

EXHIBITED WORKS

Trompe l’œil l’arrière du châssis

Racoff

1960

Trompe l’œil l’arrière du châssis

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Aux armes de la ville

Racoff

1978

Aux armes de la ville

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Curiosités

Racoff

1978

Curiosités

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Café restaurant

Racoff

1976

Café restaurant

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Brocanteur

Racoff

1978

Brocanteur

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Chez Lucas

Racoff

1978

Chez Lucas

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine avec pont

Racoff

1970

Quai de Seine avec pont

1970

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Boucherie Chevaline

Racoff

1976

Boucherie Chevaline

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Paella

Racoff

1978

La Paella

1978

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Librairie de la place

Racoff

1976

La Librairie de la place

1976

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le magasin des encadrements

Racoff

1967

Le magasin des encadrements

1967

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Place des Vosges

Racoff

1965

Place des Vosges

1965

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

La Caverne d’or

Racoff

1977

La Caverne d’or

1977

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Rue Jacob

Racoff

1976

Rue Jacob

1976

Oil on isorel panel

10 5/8 x 14 in.

Restaurants

Racoff

1979

Restaurants

1979

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le mur de nomade

Racoff

1972

Le mur de nomade

1972

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Trompe l’oeil

Racoff

1960

Trompe l’oeil

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

L’auberge Le Cochon d’or

Racoff

1977

L’auberge Le Cochon d’or

1977

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Trompe l’œil aux insectes

Racoff

1960

Trompe l’œil aux insectes

1960

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Le Celtique

Racoff

1981

Le Celtique

1981

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine

Racoff

1952

Quai de Seine

1952

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Composition 'Far West'

Racoff

1979

Composition 'Far West'

1979

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

Quai de Seine

Racoff

1981

Quai de Seine

1981

Oil on isorel panel

13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

MULTIMEDIAS

EXHIBITED ARTISTS

Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

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Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

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Racoff

1960
Racoff

1978
Racoff

1978
Racoff

1976
Racoff

1978

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