Description

    KONSTANTIN KOROVIN (Russian, 1861-1939)
    Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1916
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 21-3/4 inches (45.7 x 55.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right in Cyrillic


    Korovin was a member of the Russian Neo-Romanticism group Mir iskusstva, similar to the Pre-Raphaelite movement in England. The Mir iskusstva denounced the basic ugliness and industrialization of modern life, and sought a return to the aestheticism of the past. Still Life with Flowers and Fruit exemplifies this methodology and has utilized an Impressionist technique to achieve this end. When this canvas was painted, Korovin was working as a consultant for the Russian army as a camouflage designer, often times at the front lines. We can assume that the light-hearted subject matter of this still life provided a much-needed foil to Korovin's work at hand.

    КОРОВИН БЫЛ ЧЛЕНОМ РУССКОЙ НЕОРОМАНТИЧЕСКОЙ ГРУППЫ «МИР ИСКУССТВА», ПОХОЖЕЙ НА ДВИЖЕНИЕ ПРЕРАФАЭЛИТОВ В АНГЛИИ. УЧАСТНИКИ ДВИЖЕНИЯ «МИР ИСКУССТВА» ОСУЖДАЛИ УРОДСТВО И ИНДУСТРИАЛИЗАЦИЮ СОВРЕМЕННОЙ ЖИЗНИ И СТРЕМИЛИСЬ ВЕРНУТЬСЯ К ЭСТЕТИЗМУ ПРОШЛОГО. «НАТЮРМОРТ С ЦВЕТАМИ И ФРУКТАМИ» ИЛЛЮСТРИРУЕТ ЭТИ ПОДХОДЫ И ИСПОЛЬЗУЕТ ТЕХНИКУ ИМПРЕССИОНИСТОВ ДЛЯ ДОСТИЖЕНИЯ ЭТОЙ ЦЕЛИ. КОГДА СОЗДАВАЛСЯ ДАННЫЙ ХОЛСТ, КОРОВИН РАБОТАЛ В КАЧЕСТВЕ КОНСУЛЬТАНТА ПО РАЗРАБОТКЕ ДИЗАЙНА КАМУФЛЯЖА ДЛЯ РОССИЙСКОЙ АРМИИ. ЕМУ ЧАСТО ПРИХОДИЛОСЬ БЫВАТЬ НА ПЕРЕДОВОЙ. МЫ МОЖЕМ ПРЕДПОЛОЖИТЬ, ЧТО СТОЛЬ БЕЗЗАБОТНЫЙ СЮЖЕТ ДАННОГО НАТЮРМОРТА СТАЛ ТАКИМ НЕОБХОДИМЫМ ПРОТИВОВЕСОМ К ОСНОВНОЙ ДЕЯТЕЛЬНОСТИ КОРОВИНА.


    Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Minor paint loss in upper right region, otherwise good condition.

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