Vasily Dmitrievich Ermilov
- Vasily Dmitrievich Ermilov
- bearing Galerie Bargera and Guggenheim labels on the backing board
- oil and metal on wood relief
Galerie Bargera, Cologne
Acquired from the above by the father of the present owners
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Planar Dimension: Europe, 1912-1932, 9 March - 6 May 1979, no.88
Exhibition catalogue Russische Avantgarde 1910-1930, Cologne: Galerie Bargera, 1978, p.123, no.13 listed
Exhibition catalogue The Planar Dimension: Europe, 1912-1932, New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1979, p.124, no.88 illustrated b/w
W.Zimmer, 'When the Plane Reigned', review of 'The Planar Dimension: Europe 1912-1932', The Soho Weekly News, 12 April 1979, illustrated
M.Mudrak, The New Generation and Artistic Modernism in the Ukraine, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986, p.44, figure 2-1 illustrated b/w
Exhibition catalogue Vasily Ermilov, Moscow, 2011, p.46 illustrated b/w as 'location unknown'
The present relief is not without analogies to Arkhipenko’s constructions, though as Rowell points out in the Guggenheim catalogue, it is unlikely Ermilov would have seen the latter’s work except in reproduction. ‘The iconic reference is clear, and true to the tenets of Constructivism, the technical structural potential of the materials is respected’.
Based in Kharkov throughout his career, Vasily Ermilov is one of the foremost proponents of the Ukrainian avant-garde and is known to have collaborated with David Burliuk, Alexander Bogomazov and Maria Siniakova. The present self portrait is an exceptional rare example of an early exhibited and published work by this artist.