(Russian, 1886–1962)


Antoine Pevsner was born to a family of engineers in Oryol, Russia. He chose to pursue a career in art, however, as did his younger brother Naum Gabo. Pevsner studied painting, sculpture, and architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kiev before relocating to Paris in 1911. There, he was strongly influenced by Cubism and made some of his first paintings as a maturing artist. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, Pevsner moved to Moscow, where he and Gabo were heavily involved in the development of Constructivism, an art and social philosophy movement.

In 1923, both brothers permanently left the then-Soviet Union, with Pevsner settling in France. Pevsner enjoyed a successful career as a sculptor for the remaining forty years of his life. His works were well received in Western Europe and the United States, and he shared a 1948 retrospective with Gabo at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Pevsner’s abstract, free-standing bronze sculptures exemplify the dominant modernist aesthetic of the mid-twentieth century.


Written by Will Ulman, a student in Art History


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