Nicolas DE Staël was born in Saint Petersburg, just before the Bolshevik Revolution. Russian, Slavic, aristocratic, romantic, cultured, terribly gifted, De Staël is one of the major painters of the 20th century.
His evolution, from figuration to abstraction, to return to figuratism, at the end of his life, is quite simply unique.
His style, his knife technique (using a lot of material) make him one of the main proponents of post-cubic pictorial modernity.
Depressed, he committed suicide, jumping from one of the windows of his studio, in Antibes, on March 16, 1955.