Modern Design /03 October 2004

503

Serge Chermayeff

untitled
1949
oil on board
18 w × 7 h in (46 × 18 cm)

Signed and dated lower left. Serge Chermayeff was an accomplished designer, architect, teacher and artist. Born in Russia in 1900, Chermayeff was educated in England and moved to the United States in 1940. Having won the design competition, with German Erich Mendelssohn, for the Bexhill Pavilion in Sussex, Chermayeff arrived in the United States with an outstanding reputation and quickly received notable commissions for two California residences. In addition to practicing design, he worked at some of the country's most respectable institutions. He was the President of the Institute of Design in Chicago from 1946-1951 and taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Yale. This painting demonstrates Chermayeff's attention to line and form and displays the architectural style of his two-dimensional work.

estimate: $1,500–2,000

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