Frechkop Léonid (1897-1982)
Leonid Frechkop was born in Moscow where he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art under C. Korovine, A. Arkhipov and N. Kassatkine unitl 1920. In 1922 the artist received the Prix de Rome.
Frechkop moved to Paris in the early 1920s and later settled in Brussels where many institutions have collected his work such as the Cabinet des Estampes. The Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou and museums in Dinant and Ixelles have also collected Frechkop’s work.
Considered primarily a Belgian artist, Frechkop was influenced by the ideals of Nouvelle Objectivité and Néo Réalisme. He was also largely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the painter Hans Holbein. In 1983 and 1987 the Galerie L’Oeil in Brussels exhibited a small catalogue of the Frechkop’s work.
The artist is listed in many major publications of French and Belgian artists such as Benezit, Arto, Le Dictionnaire des Peintures Belges and Piron.