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B/W: Twentieth-century Russian and European Graphic Works

B/W: Twentieth-century Russian and European Graphic Works

B/W: Twentieth-century Russian and European Graphic Works was originally conceived as a catalogue for the exhibition of the same name. However, as work on the project progressed, it became clear that it would not fit within the framework of an ordinary exhibition catalogue. For many people graphic works are still terra incognita, and something akin...
Boris Chernyshev. Model. 1965

Boris Chernyshev. Model. 1965

  In the 1960s Chernyshev enthusiastically drew nudes. His passion for the method of painting on wet plaster explains his choice of either wrapping paper or newspapers as ground for his graphic works. These materials possess specific qualities of a shrinking surface similar to drying plaster and produce the matte effect. In 2007 the State...
Alexander Maximov. Circles and Squares in a Square. №1

Alexander Maximov. Circles and Squares in a Square. №1

  In the 1960s the artist was very interested in the dependence of the viewer’s perception on various color and shape transformations and interactions. A large body of works of obviously experimental nature was done during that period. The purely explorative function of representation attracted Maximov just as strongly as the beauty and consummation of...
Alexander Maximov. Circles and Squares in a Square. №3

Alexander Maximov. Circles and Squares in a Square. №3

  In the 1960s the artist was very interested in the dependence of the viewer’s perception on various color and shape transformations and interactions. A large body of works of obviously experimental nature was done during that period. The purely explorative function of representation attracted Maximov just as strongly as the beauty and consummation of...
Meer Axelrod. Children. 1925

Meer Axelrod. Children. 1925

  An early drawing from the works kept by the artist’s heirs in Israel. Interest in Axelrod has grown of late and one wonderful exhibition has followed another. Several books and albums have been published about Axelrod’s works almost simultaneously. Nearly all of his early works have long been in the storerooms of leading Russian...
André Derain. Sketches

André Derain. Sketches

  A sheet of sketches is typical of André Derain’s graphic works of the 1920s. This piece forcefully demonstrates his quests in developing plastic and stylistic solutions of the female image. Despite the fact that Derain’s works are in the world’s major museums and come up at major auction sales, they are very rare on...
Nikolay Kupreyanov. Meeting at the Stern. 1932

Nikolay Kupreyanov. Meeting at the Stern. 1932

  N.N.Kupreyanov did the well-known revolutionary engravings Battleships and The Cruiser Aurora; his series of drawings Railways, Herds and Nights at Selishche have long become classical pieces of Soviet graphic art. The lithograph of the Baltic Fleet series, executed by the artist in 1932-1933, was one of the last pieces done by Kupreyanov. There is...
Vasily Belyayev. Bagir. Persian Fortress. 1925

Vasily Belyayev. Bagir. Persian Fortress. 1925

  The artist is rarely found on the Russian art market. He did this sheet when traveling across Turkestan and Uzbekistan in 1925. Olga Reutenberg wrote a special chapter about Belyayev’s works in her book, Could Anyone Have Remembered that We Were …, Moscow, Galart, 2004, pp. 444-449   Artist: Belyayev, Vasily Pavlovich (1901-1942) Name:...
Rostislav Barto. Daghestan. 1967

Rostislav Barto. Daghestan. 1967

  Barto was infatuated with the Orient from his student years. Landscapes, flora and fauna of Daghestan, Adzharia and Central Asia were the subjects of his studies throughout his life and work. The piece on offer is characterized by the combination of plastic solutions of the 1930s with the artist’s subsequent finds of the late...
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