PAVEL  TCHELITCHEW     
         1898–1957

Pavel Tchelitchew Noted as an artist of "transoceanic reputation," Russian-born Pavel Tchelitchew moved in 1934 from France to New York, where he was received with high expectations. In 1951 ARTnews suggested, with reserved praise, that his best work lay before him. Tchelitchew emerged from the company of the French Surrealists to produce a diverse body of work that ranged from neoromantic paintings and drawings of circus performers to a challenging "X-ray painting" series to innovative theater designs. George Platt Lynes, who first met Tchelitchew in Paris in the twenties, more than once photographed the artist at work in his New York studio.

George Platt Lynes (1907–1955)
Gelatin silver print, 1950
Published January 1951
ARTnews Collection, New York City
©Estate of George Platt Lynes


Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs
National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution

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