Vladimir Daniel Baranov-Rossiné

1888-1944

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Status, price and estimation of the artist Vladimir Daniel Baranoff-Rossiné

Price of a painting: 2,300 – 120,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 1,000 – 35 900 €.

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Baranoff-Rossiné and synesthesia

Vladimir Daniel Baranoff-Rossiné was born in 1888 in Kherson to a Jewish and Ukrainian family. A protean artist with great skills in music, painting and sculpture, he made a name for himself with his synesthetic creations linking sound, colour and form in a single work.

He studied painting in Odessa and then joined the courses of the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg for four years, from 1904 to 1907. He was exhibited at the first Ukrainian and Russian avant-garde exhibitions. (Le Maillon, 1908, La Guirlande 1907-1908)

When he moved to Paris in 1910, he was, like many others, influenced by the European Expressionist movement, but also by Italian Cubism and Futurism.

Vladimir Daniel Baranoff-Rossiné and his inspirations

The first works he produced are signed under a pseudonym and show that the artist mastered the Cubo-Cezan language (The Forge, 1911). After later trying his hand at Futurism, he quickly moved on to abstraction (series of Abstract Compositions).

The birth of orphism and the work on light carried out by his friends Sonia and Robert Delaunay, influenced his work and led him to create abstract canvases highlighting the work on colour. The following year, at the Salon des Indépendants, Baranoff exhibited an abstract sculpture, Symphony No. 2, composed of raw and coloured materials that caught the attention of Guillaume Apollinaire.

The artist had been attending La ruche since 2012, which brought together most of the major artists of the Western avant-garde at the beginning of the 20th century. It was within this community that he developed his “projection visualo-colorée” device, which enabled him to create his first “light concerts” once he settled in Norway in 1916.

When he returned to live in Russia the following year, he signed his works “Baranoff-Rossiné”, while his research on synaesthesia and colour eventually led to the creation of the Optophonic Piano around 1920-1923, which projected “in space or on a screen, colours and forms that are infinitely varied and moving, depending absolutely, as in the sound piano, on the functioning of the keys”. The object was unfortunately destroyed during the Second World War, but was later rebuilt in 1971, thanks to the descriptions and the original models that Baranoff had kept. His collaborator Jean Schiffrine was thus able to rebuild it. It is currently housed at the Musée National d’Art Modern – Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris.

Baranov of course patented his invention (three patents in all) in 1923, and gave three “optovisual” concerts in 1924 in the city of Moscow.

He later produced works to the glory of communism, including Les 365 Jours de la révolution 1918. He went so far as to found Art optophonique  in 1926.

Baranov died in Auschwitz in 1944.

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