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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...
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...
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...
Alexander Maximov. “Shape is the Core of Russian Style”

Alexander Maximov. “Shape is the Core of Russian Style”

M A Y 24,  2013 I say shape. Shape is the core of Russian, early Russian style. I understand it as the outline, that is, the line ’embracing’ the object. Here is the head, the line ’embraces’ it, and this is shape, which accords with Nature and our perception of the world.” However, today I thought...
Two Symbolical Fish…

Two Symbolical Fish…

M A Y 20,  2013   A cord ties these two symbolical fishes together. The upper fish has broken away from the familiar environment and, driven by its thirst for knowledge, is venturing into the unknown. The rectangle with waves between the fishes is the source – the idea of all things living. The lower fish...
Alexander Maximov. Archive Entries

Alexander Maximov. Archive Entries

M A Y  15,  2013   When you come across Alexander Maximov’s diary entries for the first time, your first natural reaction is that you read some absurdity. The artist seems to have focused on trifles, on very simple mundane things. Yet whenever he described that mundaneity, he practically always rose above it, reinterpreted what he...
Beatrice Hastings about Modigliani the artist

Beatrice Hastings about Modigliani the artist

M a r c h 19,   2013   I nearly succeeded inadvertently in getting my place burned down by a flame of wrath. I was remarking carelessly that the value of works of plastic art has to be settled by the critics because, of course, artists seldom knew their good work from their bad...
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