KONSTANTIN IVANOVICH ROZHDESTVENSKY | GIRL WITHOUT A PASSPORT
KONSTANTIN IVANOVICH ROZHDESTVENSKY
GIRL WITHOUT A PASSPORT
signed in Cyrillic, titled Devushka bez pasporta / ili 'Garmoniya' and dated 1933 on the reverse
oil on plywood
Sheet: 68 by 41cm, 26¾ by 16¼in.
Framed: 84.5 by 57.5cm, 33¼ by 22½in.
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The sheet of plywood is slightly bowed and the edges are uneven. There are minor losses to the top layer of the sheet along the edges, most notably to the lower right edge. These losses were possibly already present when the work was executed. There are small vertical cracks to the top edge, with some minor associated losses. Remnants of old adhesive are visible in places along the right edge as well as the bottom of the left edge. There are minor cracks throughout and the surface is covered with a light layer of dirt. Inspection under UV light does not reveal any obvious signs of retouching. The support has been glued onto a cardboard mount. Framed.
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In the 1930s Rozhdestvensky, along with other avant-garde artists such as Anna Leporskaya and Nikolai Suetin, frequently turned to semi-abstract geometric compositions influenced by Malevich’s Post-suprematist works from the late 1920s and early 1930s. It was a time of stylistic exploration as these artists attempted to adapt their Suprematist methods and find a new artistic language suitable to describe the new Soviet reality. Despite the influence of Malevich, Rozhdestvensky was, nevertheless, in search of his own new compositional resolutions and colour schemes. The intense yellow, orange and blue tones, typical of Rozhdestvensky’s work from this period, were used to enhance the emotional and psychological atmosphere of his paintings. According to the artist himself, his new palette was inspired by the beauty of the Siberian landscape and its people, which he had a chance to explore during his many trips to the region: ‘It is the grandiose and luminous Siberian sunsets; it is the red-haired Siberian peasants… It is the golden domes of churches against the background of dense Siberian forests’ – he recalled.