Russian (CIS)

Oceanic Phantasmas of Cousteau (etchings, 1960-64)


Oceanic Phantasmas of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, where people existed side by side with fish, poured out of cinema screens in late 1950-s. A new life appeared, not yet fully developed by mankind. That underwater space, I’d never seen before, stroke my imagination. My soul felt a kind of getting high. Creative enthusiasm, boosted by the new impressions of underwater world, refreshed my soul with new feelings.


Fish 2


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Bukhara and Samarkand (1964-1967)


During my stay in Central Asia was marked by a variety of visual genres in which I have translated their experiences - experiences of the artist. Here and paintings, drawings, watercolors and gouaches, and of course my favorite print. The result was an integral picture of the then Central Asian world. Time passed, and looking far from the present to these works, amazing how a unified and powerful visual effect, which appeared in a multitude of permeated life images, now gone to the past, Soviet Uzbekistan.

When I got to Central Asia, the image Kuznetsovskogo Turkestan lukewarm. Since my first trip there in 1964, was held together with Igor Kupryashin, then, unlike him, I was attracted to other visions. In addition to painting landscapes, I focused on two topics.

Theme One - Caryatids. In Samarkand, all the women wore all that is usually boxed in his hands, setting on the head. From this figure take on majesty and elegance. Naturally I'm with them there and then did the outline, and then to the hotel from just painted - assemble. This was perhaps one of the most vivid episodes of the time.

Theme of the second - it afrasiabskie spines. Afrasiab - an ancient Samarkand, entered the land and in some places, turned into a cemetery. In this land of autumn appear withered thorn in the sunshine bright to black. It's like a meal and desert at the same time the burning bush. I am pleased to bring them to a series of etchings.



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Odyssey (etchings, 1969-1973)


“The Odyssey” is the most numerous series I’ve ever made in whole my artistic life. During five years of my living in Homeric epos I revealed some qualities in me, I’d never suspected to possess. My “Odyssey” originates from ancient vases, sketched by me in the Hermitage. I was so thrilled by that world that it even seemed to me I hear the sounds of that time. My visual sensation of antiquity found its pungency and vividness. My fantasy was so much spreading and growing that in the end erased all my memories of ancient vases. The cycles of Dreams, of Calypso, of Hades etc., which emerged, apart from vases, out of experienced by me Homeric subjects, united and created a single whole, I was striving for. The series received a spatial and temporal scale. Centaurs populated it and became a connecting element of time and place – the homeland of my Odyssey. And Antiquity found its modern image.

Odessy Odessy 2


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