Alex Grig

[I was pottering about trying to see exactly how Lilya Brik was a muse of the Russian avant-garde when I encountered Parashutov’s article on Alex Grig, a French painter of Russian origin. Bring on the emigres, I thought to myself, although in Alex’s case, it is a bit of a stretch – she is second-generation French.

Speaking of Parashutov, the man’s so prolific and wide-ranging in his coverage of Russian art that I could keep busy for the next year or two just translating his articles.]

Alexandra Onisimovna von Grinkrug (Александра Онисимовна фон Гринкруг) was born in 1938 in Paris in a Jewish-Russian emigre family. Her artistic talent was noted at an early age. In her drawing of balloons, her teacher observed the accuracy of form and the bright capture of their movement. She was four or five years old at the time; her artistic career was born then. Even to this day one will find in her bedroom her paintings completed at eleven years of age.

Her academic training went through the usual rigorous procedures in Paris; she was taught by such luminaries as André Lhote, Ossip Zadkine, Edouard Mac-Avoy and Claude Schurr.

Her work has obtained wide interest particularly in the USA where she executed portraits on commission by various famous directors and actors, and sundry folk in Chicago, Aspen, New York and Washington.

New York.

Sans Titre.

A Red Hot Night in Saint Tropez. (1962).

Self-portrait. (1963).

Le Métro. (1965).

Orchestre rouge. (1969).

Sans titre. (1989).

Tennis match. (1996).

The artist once confessed that she was influenced by the Dutch painter (Frits van den) Berghe (1883-1939) Brueghel.

Sans titre.


From 1956, Grig began extensively participating at international exhibitions. Here’s a clever self-referential painting.

Une exposition de l’artiste Alex Grig. (1967).

Alex Grig works in various genres – gravure, theatre costume design, large-scale mosaic and illustrations of books. You could try classifying her as an expressionist or a surrealist or even a musicalist; more accurately, you should say her work is movement.

The flower market. (1967).


Verdun, or the human jungle.

Public benches.

13 thoughts on “Alex Grig

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ms Grig. I haven’t heard of van den Berghe either! I guess you said you were influenced by Breughel and Parashutov added that he thought you meant this other Belgian. Sorry about the mistranslation.

  1. Thank you for the information ! In the meantime about 50 of my paintings have been stolen before the Drouot scandal. I am supposed to recuperate some found thanks to the police department on art works & others I am buying back from “innocent” buyers.

      • Dearest Lizzie, what a pleasure to hear from you. Just recently I tried unsuccessfully to reach your mother ? Pretty soon on a web page your lovely, juvenile face will appear on an oval canvas . I will inform you. Of course I do very much hope to be in contact with you & catch up a trifle on a long family friendship based on art & love , Alex

    • Although generations separated us Lily Brik was my friend and distant kin, I admired her , respected her. She was an idol courageous, gifted, generous . She did much to promote me, I made many drawings of her probably for her desire to remain in posterity and her desire to my careerprojection for posterity . Bless you Lili Yurevna.

    • Hi Gene, What are you doing on this program ? I was delighted to read your name as well the warm remembrance of our unusual , bright, and sunny Dorothy Dwire who brought only grace to all she welcomed. Lately I have decorated some walls belonging to the King of Morocco, and portraits of his entourage. All is still well and hope the same for you. Happy New Year ! Alex

      • Happy New Year Alex. Enjoyed viewing your works – even printed a few on quality paper – glad/hope you are well and still enjoying your talent – Hope we can keep in touch


      • Happy healthy New Year! Do respond  directly to my e-mail since I rarely go to this program! Best wishes ,


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