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Untitled and more art by Etienne Roudenko

Untitled
21.5 x 27.5 inch (h x w)
USD 1 000
#mixed media on board
for sale

In the 1950s, Roudenko (1897-1987) moved to New York City, and during the course of the next three decades he became obsessed with painting in a style just like Pollock’s. This story might have come to a quick end with Roudenko simply being labeled as a clever and talented copyist. But what is remarkable is the depth of both his skill and his obsession. A large billiards table dominated the middle of his tiny studio apartment and his bed was squeezed to the side. So, when he died in 1987 at age ninety, paintings were found packed tightly beneath the billiards table, under the bed, jamming the closets, and covering the walls. Everywhere, there were extraordinarily convincing Pollock look-alikes.

One of the artist’s close friends said that Roudenko always spoke of Pollock. “At first we didn’t know who this Pollock was, so he showed us a book of Pollock. The pictures he showed us in the book were exactly the same as some of the pieces he painted.” Falk dismisses the idea that Roudenko could have been a forger because he notes that the artist proudly signed nearly every painting he created. Rather, it is clear that Roudenko dedicated all of his days to his art. He was passionate and unequivocally committed to achieving the lattice-like layers and depth of space that are evident in Pollock’s paintings. Indeed, he was like a lone researcher in a laboratory pursuing knowledge for its own sake.

Here was a man who lost his native country, his family, and his language. Yet he was an adventurous and cosmopolitan artist with the confidence to express himself in the same style as Pollock — a master who, only a few years before Roudenko’s arrival, had been anointed the grand priest of Abstract Expressionism and placed in the pantheon of art history’s heroic figures.



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