DescriptionIVAN VASILIEVICH DMITRIEV (Russian, 1902-1975)
Still Life with Cherries, 1938
Oil on canvas
35 x 53 inches (88.9 x 134.6 cm)
Dmitriev was born in Ulyanovsk (formerly known as Simbirsk), a city on the Volga river that was also the birthplace of Lenin. After moving to Moscow in 1922, Dmitriev pursued his artistic training at the Higher Art and Technology Studios. His style was heavily influenced by the Post-Impressionists, and his oeuvre is composed primarily of still-life arrangements and landscapes. In this painting, Dmitriev has drafted a composition of apples, cherries, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, and a pumpkin. Bowls and baskets are scattered amidst pitchers and a cruet of oil. Such a scene of abundance would surely have been rare. Dmitriev painted this canvas as Russia was preparing for the Second World War, a span of years that would prove devastating to the people of Moscow.
ДМИТРИЕВ РОДИЛСЯ В УЛЬЯНОВСКЕ (РАНЕЕ ИЗВЕСТНОМ КАК СИМБИРСК), ГОРОДЕ НА БЕРЕГУ РЕКИ ВОЛГИ, КОТОРЫЙ ТАКЖЕ БЫЛ МЕСТОМ РОЖДЕНИЯ ЛЕНИНА. ПОСЛЕ ПЕРЕЕЗДА В МОСКВУ В 1922 ГОДУ, ДМИТРИЕВ ОБУЧАЛСЯ ЖИВОПИСИ В ВЫСШИХ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫХ ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННО-ТЕХНИЧЕСКИХ МАСТЕРСКИХ. НА ЕГО СТИЛЬ ВО МНОГОМ ПОВЛИЯЛИ ПОСТИМПРЕССИОНИСТЫ. ТВОРЧЕСКОЕ НАСЛЕДИЕ ХУДОЖНИКА, В ОСНОВНОМ, СОСТОИТ ИЗ НАТЮРМОРТОВ И ПЕЙЗАЖЕЙ. В ЭТОЙ КАРТИНЕ ДМИТРИЕВ СОЗДАЛ КОМПОЗИЦИЮ ИЗ ЯБЛОК, ВИШЕН, ПОМИДОРОВ, ЛУКА, БАКЛАЖАНОВ И ТЫКВЫ. ЧАШИ И КОРЗИНЫ БЕЗ ОПРЕДЕЛЁННОГО ПОРЯДКА РАСПОЛЖЕНЫ РЯДОМ С КУВШИНАМИ И БУТЫЛКОЙ МАСЛА. ТАКИЕ СЦЕНЫ ИЗОБИЛИЯ, БЕЗУСЛОВНО, БЫЛИ РЕДКИ. ДМИТРИЕВ СОЗДАВАЛ ЭТОТ ХОЛСТ В ТОТ МОМЕНТ, КОГДА РОССИЯ ГОТОВИЛАСЬ К ВЕЛИКОЙ ОТЕЧЕСТВЕННОЙ ВОЙНЕ, ВРЕМЕНИ, КОТОРОЕ ОКАЗАЛОСЬ СТОЛЬ РАЗРУШИТЕЛЬНЫМИ ДЛЯ МОСКВИЧЕЙ.
Estimate: $60,000 - $70,000.
Unframed canvas, relined and revarnished, abrasions along edges of canvas, paint chip upper right corner, scattered inpainting throughout, three large areas or inpainting in upper left corner, cuts to area of pumpkin and along bottom edge of tablecloth, otherwise good condition.
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