THE RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE (1920 – 1940) Extract

Book published in Moscow in 2002
Extract –



–       Landscape in Yellow Tones, 1930, 57,8 cm x 75,3 cm oil on canvas

–       Still life with Phloxes 1935, 87 cm x 66 cm, oil on canvas


Again, French influence shows up in the context of Russian artistic tradition.

But what is the meaning of a style inspired by French Art for the young student of Krymov and Shterenberg,who joined the OST[1] in 1932, within a few months of a prickly fusion[2]?

What is the meaning of that obvious reference to Matisse and Van Gogh in the context of Soviet Art in the middle of the thirties?

Political statement, coded message, ironic evocation or a message of love?

One can give these works lots of meanings. But in no way were they created for a Museum or for any exhibition. They belong to the edge of personal expression. No investigation, no analysis, only individualism and feeling, with the simple touch of perception: it is what Art becomes when isolated, a private expression in a particular space in time. The crucial question of creation appears as a background issue.

[1] OST, Easel’s Artist Syndicate (established 1925) Closed on the 23rd of April 1932, by decree from the central comity of communist party syndicates.

[2] 1932 marked the end of the OST when all the artists had to join the official syndicate AHRR

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