The technical confidence of the former Jack of Diamond artists in their post-revolutionary paintings is often remarked upon. As Tugendhold notes, they were much criticised during their long years of apprenticeship for their devotion to French masters, sensuous colouring and the ‘untransformed, primal, just-out-of-tube form’ of their paints, but ‘no one can take this discipline away from them. Jack of Diamonds is one art group… that voluntarily remained within the boundaries of colourful painting’.
‘It is especially noticeable in Konchalovsky’s landscapes where the objects, having lost their properties, become a rich tapestry of colours (from ash-grey to emerald)… The former zestful brushstrokes, underscoring the denseness of forms are all but gone; Konchalovsky’s paint surface is ordered and orchestrated by an artful, sure hand of a seasoned painter (Ya.Tugendhold, From the History of Art: Selected Essays and Notes, Moscow: Sovetskii khudozhnik, 1987, pp.190-191).
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