Antoine Pevsner

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Antoine Pevsner (30 January [O.S. 18 January] 1886 – 12 April 1962) was a Russian-born sculptor and the older brother of Alexii Pevsner and Naum Gabo. Both Antoine and Naum are considered pioneers of twentieth-century sculpture.


His work Column of Peace, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is currently on display as part of Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin.

Pevsner was born as Natan Borisovich Pevzner[1] in Oryol, Russian Empire,[2] into a Jewish family. Among the originators of and having coined the term, Constructivism, and pioneers of Kinetic Art, Pevsner and his brother Naum Gabo discovered a new use for metals and welding and made a new marriage of art and mathematics. Pevsner said: "Art must be inspiration controlled by mathematics. I have a need for peace, symphony, orchestration."[3] He was one of the first to use the blowtorch in sculpture, welding copper rods onto sculptural forms[4] and along with his brother, Naum, he issued the Realist Manifesto in 1920.[1]

He left the Soviet Union in 1923 and moved to Paris, where he would live for the rest of his life.[1]

Among the honors he received were a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (1956-7) and the Legion of Honour (1961).[1]

Pevsner is buried in Paris.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Antoine Pevsner: French artist". Encyclopedia Britannica. April 8, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  2. ^ "Antoine Pevsner". University of Chicago.
  3. ^ Tate. "Antoine Pevsner 1884-1962 | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. ^ The Artist in his Studio. 1960, Viking Press.
  5. ^ "Antoine Pevsner (1884-1962)". Find a Grave. 1 Jan 2008. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

External links[edit]

  • Antoine Pevsner in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website Edit this at Wikidata