Serge Charchoune

1888 - 1975

Sergey Ivanovich Sharshun was a Russian-born French artist. After finishing his studies in Paris in 1912 he remained in Europe and spent most of his life in France. In 1916-1917 he lived in Italy, in 1922-1923 in Berlin. 

Serge Charchoune was profoundly influenced by Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and called himself a magical realist. He took part in dadaist group performances. His Man Ray portrait (between 1922 and 1925) is a well-known work. In 2006 the Museum of personal collections (department of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts) organized a large personal exhibition of Charchoune. Around the same time some of his works, alongside pieces by Polyakov, de Stael, Lanskoy, were featured at the exhibition Russian Abstraction in France in the middle of the XXth century in the Nashi Khudozhniki (Our Artists) gallery in Moscow. Some of his artworks are included in the permanent display of the State Tretyakov Galley.