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Roland Dorgelès: Personality in History

Roland Dorgelès: Personality in History

J u n e 1,   2014   The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain put the good things of life produced by Western civilization within the reach of many of my compatriots and, moreover, opened up virtually boundless opportunities for exploring the history, culture and art of the Western...
Guillaume Apollinaire “Mademoiselle Marie Laurencin” (From The Cubist Painters, 1913)

Guillaume Apollinaire “Mademoiselle Marie Laurencin” (From The Cubist Painters, 1913)

F E B R U A R Y 15 ,   2014   Our day and age has allowed female talents to flourish in Literature and the Arts. Women bring to art a fresh, particularly joyful view of the universe. There have been women painters in every period, and their marvelous art is so delicately pleasurable to...
Marie Laurencin. A Fresh Look

Marie Laurencin. A Fresh Look

J A N U A R Y 26,  2014   Admittedly, I have been indifferent to works by the French artist Marie Laurencin. I rarely paused by them at museums or exhibitions. In my opinion, they definitely lost out to works by Picasso, Braque and other great artists. In general, their association with the latter looked...
George Grosz. On Constructivists

George Grosz. On Constructivists

J A N U A R Y 11,  2014   […] Some [artists] pressed on and began to ‘construct’. Although some spoke of dynamics, in short order they discovered that the most immediate expression of that was the dry drawings of the engineer. So the soul and metaphysical speculation were driven out by the compass and...
George Grosz. Talents and Suitors

George Grosz. Talents and Suitors

J A N U A R Y 9,  2014   […] The modern bourgeois has digested everything − from him, nothing is safe. The merchant of today is different from the merchant of Gustav Freytag’s time. This one is cold, distant.  He hangs radical works on the walls of his apartment. The catchphrase is, don’t...
Article by Galina Yelshevskaya for the catalogue of the exhibition "Antonina Sofronova. Book and Magazine Illustrations of the 1920s-1930s"

Article by Galina Yelshevskaya for the catalogue of the exhibition “Antonina Sofronova. Book and Magazine Illustrations of the 1920s-1930s”

N O V E M B E R  16,  2013     In 1915, Antonina Sofronova, an Ilya Mashkov studio student, made the following note, “I believe that art should have nature for its source. And I also believe that art is guided by its own innate laws, otherwise it ceases to be art.” It took...
Alexander Maximov: About Red

Alexander Maximov: About Red

S E P T E M B E R  21,  2013   Practically every artist has a certain color gamut, a set of colors that he/she uses most actively, which enables art critics to speak of the characteristic harmony and color combinations of one artist or another. Thus, everybody is familiar with Picasso’s Blue or Rose...
Alexander Maximov: “Plastics is…”

Alexander Maximov: “Plastics is…”

A U G U S T 5,  2013   When I look at a piece of work [drawing or painting], plastics is what primarily attracts me. Meanwhile, the client is interested above all in the story, content and meaning. I also happen to be in such a mindset that I first of all pay attention...
Alexander Maximov. Flies at the Tambov Dacha

Alexander Maximov. Flies at the Tambov Dacha

J U L Y 19,  2013   On August 30, 1977, I decided to make a drawing at the Tambov dacha, but couldn’t concentrate: flies were swarming around the room. They were everywhere – on the ceiling, on the walls, on the table, on the windows and in the air and just stuck to my hands...
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