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    IVAN (JEAN POUGNY) PUNI (Russian, 1892-1956)
    Fruits and Bottle, 1905-1906
    Oil on canvas
    21-1/2 x 30 inches (54.6 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed lower right in Cyrillic

    Puni was born in Finland while it was still part of the Russian Empire and attended the military academy in St. Petersburg. He traveled in Italy and France for several years before settling in Paris and enrolling at the Académie Julian. Throughout his career, he experimented with Fauvism, Cubism, and other avant-garde movements. While in Paris, he exhibited with the well known Salon des Indépendants. Puni returned briefly to Russia at the request of his friend, Marc Chagall, to teach at the Vitebsk Art School. Puni's works are exhibited in the Russian Museum, the Trekyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    This Cubist still life depicts a wine bottle and fruit resting upon a small table. All the components of the scene have been represented on a flattened field, without perspective or foreshortening. The vignette is set against a white ground, and the upper-right corner shows a detail of lattice-patterned green wallpaper. Puni has incorporated pears, an apple, grapes, and a halved watermelon upon the dark table.

    ПУНИ РОДИЛСЯ В ФИНЛЯНДИИ В ТО ВРЕМЯ, КОГДА ЭТА ТЕРРИТОРИЯ ЕЩЁ БЫЛА ЧАСТЬЮ РОССИЙСКОЙ ИМПЕРИИ, И ОБУЧАЛСЯ В ВОЕННОЙ АКАДЕМИИ В САНКТ-ПЕТЕРБУРГЕ. ОН НЕСКОЛЬКО ЛЕТ ПУТЕШЕСТВОВАЛ ПО ИТАЛИИ И ФРАНЦИИ, ПОКА НЕ ОБОСНОВАЛСЯ В ПАРИЖЕ, ГДЕ ОН ПОСТУПИЛ В АКАДЕМИЮ ДЖУЛИАНА. НА ПРОТЯЖЕНИИ СВОЕГО ТВОРЧЕСКОГО ПУТИ ПУНИ ЭКСПЕРИМЕНТИРОВАЛ С ФОВИЗМОМ И КУБИЗМОМ, А ТАКЖЕ С ДРУГИМИ АВАНГАРДНЫМИ НАПРАВЛЕНИЯМИ В ЖИВОПИСИ. НАХОДЯСЬ В ПАРИЖЕ, ОН ПРИНИМАЛ УЧАСТИЕ В ИЗВЕСТНОМ САЛОНЕ НЕЗАВИСИМЫХ. ПУНИ НЕНАДОЛГО ПРИЕЗЖАЛ В РОССИЮ ПО ПРОСЬБЕ СВОЕГО ДРУГА, МАРКА ШАГАЛА, ЧТОБЫ ПРЕПОДАВАТЬ В ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННОМ ИНСТИТУТЕ ГОРОДА ВИТЕБСКА. РАБОТЫ ПУНИ ЯВЛЯЮТСЯ ЧАСТЬЮ ЭКСПОЗИЦИИ РУССКОГО МУЗЕЯ, ТРЕТЬЯКОВСКОЙ ГАЛЕРЕИ, ПУШКИНСКОГО МУЗЕЯ И МУЗЕЯ СОВРЕМЕННОГО ИСКУССТВА В НЬЮ-ЙОРКЕ.

    В ЭТОМ КУБИСТСКОМ НАТЮРМОРТЕ ПРЕДСТАВЛЕН МАЛЕНЬКИЙ СТОЛИК С БУТЫЛКОЙ ВИНА И ФРУКТАМИ НА НЁМ. ВСЕ ДЕТАЛИ ЭТОЙ КАРТИНЫ ИЗОБРАЖЕНЫ ПЛОСКИМИ, БЕЗ КАКОЙ-ЛИБО ПЕРСПЕКТИВЫ. РИСУНОК СТОЛА ВЫПОЛНЕН НЕ БЕЛОМ ФОНЕ, А В ПРАВОМ ВЕРХНЕМ УГЛУ РАЗМЕЩЁН ФРАГМЕНТ ЗЕЛЕНЫХ ОБОЕВ С РЕШЕТЧАТЫМ УЗОРОМ. ПРЕДМЕТЫ, ИЗОБРАЖЁННЫЕ ПУНИ НА ТЕМНЫЙ СТОЛИКЕ - ЭТО ГРУША, ЯБЛОКИ, ВИНОГРАД, И ПОЛОВИНКА АРБУЗА.


    Estimate: $140,000 - $180,000.

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