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inscribed in Cyrillic and dated 1911 by the artist's daughter on the reverse; labelled four times, once for export and numbered 3649 on the stretcher
A leading member of the Ukrainian avant-garde, Alexander Bogomazov explained that in his work he sought 'to liberate painterly elements from the fetters...blocking and obscuring the painterly meaning of the picture.' His paintings reflected the direction of early-20th century Russian art towards bold experimentation and the negation of traditional academic art.
Landscape with Trees was painted in 1911, a time when Bogomazov's style was still heavily influenced by the works of Victor Borisov-Musatov, a major practitioner of Symbolism in Russian art. The Symbolists regarded nature as unstable, illusory, and merely a collection of external appearances. The present lot is an excellent example of the gradual development of Bogomazov's style from Symbolism to Futurism. The nature imagery here undergoes a radical simplification, seen in the emergence of geometrical forms in the landscape as well as the subtle interplay of abstract colour modulations. Bogomazov's commitment to modernist formal experimentation led him to concentrate on harmonious arrangements of line and colour. This work, which almost verges on abstraction, conveys the immaterial essence of colour, its inner energy and luminosity.
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