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Antoine Pevsner

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"30 degree's dynamism", City University of Caracas

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. As the originators of Constructivism and pioneers of Kinetic Art, The brothers are considered pioneers of twentieth-century sculpture, with numerous prominent pieces, e.g., Antoine's widely known sculpture, The Flight of the Bird, located at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.[1]


Pevsner was born as Natan Borisovich Pevzner[2] in Oryol, Russian Empire,[3] 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."[4] He was one of the first to use the blowtorch in sculpture, welding copper rods onto sculptural forms[5] and along with his brother, Naum, he issued the Realist Manifesto in 1920.[2]

He left the Soviet Union in 1923 and moved to Paris, where he would live for the rest of his life.[2]

Among the honors he received were a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (1956-7) and the Legion of Honour (1961).[2]

Pevsner is buried in Paris.[6]


  1. ^ "Workshop of Tomorrow, p. 26". Detroit Free Press. May 16, 1956.
  2. ^ a b c d "Antoine Pevsner: French artist". Encyclopedia Britannica. April 8, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Antoine Pevsner". University of Chicago.
  4. ^ Tate. "Antoine Pevsner 1884-1962 | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  5. ^ The Artist in his Studio. 1960, Viking Press.
  6. ^ "Antoine Pevsner (1884-1962)". Find a Grave. 1 Jan 2008. Archived from the original on 2019-09-06. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

External links[edit]

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