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Salon “Art en Capital” 2014, (Paris)

THE EXHIBITION OF THE SALON “ART EN CAPITAL” 2014

Salon14-1In the 9th showing, Art en Capital combines four historical exhibitions dedicated to the fine arts under the glass roof the Grand Palais: the Salon Comparaisons, Société des Artistes Français (the Union of French Artists), Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists) and the Salon du Dessin et de la peinture à l’eau (Drawing and Watercolour Salon); these exhibitions have remained true to their artistic line of freedom, independence, and openness to all forms of expression and culture. This respect for tradition gives a broad panorama of contemporary art, and is a great showcase for the artists represented at the show, both known and new, French or foreigners in this beautiful Grand Palais, in the beating heart of the capital. The audience meets every year for this event. I am confident that this new exhibition will be held with the same success.

Fleur Pellerin,
Minister of Culture and Communication of France

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This year, the Union of Artists of France introduced the 225 edition of their Salon. These many years shows the relevance and vitality of our union. This year, our exhibition showcases about 700 contemporary artists selected by a jury in the categories of painting, sculpture, graphics, architecture and photography. Different tendencies, different nationalities, freelance artists, open-minded and talented will present their work in this edition of 225. Our past is noted by the names of the most prestigious artists and it gives us the necessary stable foundation to go into the future. Spurious oscillations of the “art market” should not diminish the strength that we represent on a real art stage. Our presence in the Grand Palais from year to year is the best proof of this, for artists, for visitors and for professionals of the art world. At the beginning of the exhibition, we give tribute to the artists of World War I, years 1914-18. During these 4 years our society had lost 120 artists. The Union of Artists of France presides in 2014 over this show. This event must pass comparably to our hopes, enthusiasm, energy and talent, which the artists of our union invested in the success of this exhibition, Art en Capital 2014.

Martine Delaleuf,
President of the Union of Artists of France

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In 2014, Art en Capital opens at Grand Palais for the ninth consecutive year. The exhibition collects about 2,500 artists in all areas. As always with great enthusiasm we take this exhibition, which lasts five days, in the Grand Palais, an architectural gem with a unique and multifaceted world. Like an echo of history in the same place, where for a long time art galleries were held in the 19th century, Art en Capital follows the traditions. In the same manner it is important for the Grand Palais to create different exposures, it is a monument on the stage of world art, as a home for creative people. Through such activities the Grand Palais familiarizes many people with contemporary art. This building also gladly accepts all those who epitomize the dynamism and vitality of the arts in France. Forty thousand visitors come, to discover all this and to support the artists of the exhibition. Art en Capital – the cultural event of the autumn which is impossible to just pass by.

Jean-Paul Cluzel,
President of the Reunin of National Museums – Grand Palais

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Salon14-14-21. The Salon-2014 opens its doors.

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Salon14-52. The exhibition hall.

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Salon14-43. The exhibition hall. View from above.

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Salon14-64. View from above.

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Salon14-75. The first viewers – 2014.

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Salon14-96. The vernissage – a lot of people today!

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Salon14-107. Not bad for a start…

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Salon14-138. Inside the exhibition halls.

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Salon14-119. Cafe inside Grand Palais is masterpiece itself.

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Salon14-1210.  First discussions.

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Salon14-1511. Viewers and artworks.

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Salon14-1612. New-old Olympia…….it is really nice!

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Salon14-1713. Viewers. The first impression from exhibition.

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Salon14-2014. Painting “Attraction” by Givi Siproshvili received “Prix Reijinsha-2014” award. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Shichkov-2-215. Painting “Nymph” by Vladimir Shichkov. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-1916. Painting “Night nude” by Alla Polkovnichenko received “Prix Elisabeth Gallia-2014″ award. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-2117. Sculptor Margot Pitra, (France).

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Salon14-2218. Painting by Masahito Kuginuki, (Japan).

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Salon14-2319. Painting by Milen, (France).

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Salon14-2420. Painting by Takue Higuchi, (Japan).

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Salon14-2521. Painting by Nadiejda Mouly, (France).   Sculptor Yvonne Clergerie, (France).

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Salon14-2622. Painting “Narcissus” by Andrey Shustov. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-27-223. Painting “Yang Guifei” by Ksenia Lavrova. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

 

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Salon14-2824. Painting “Angel in the crown of thorns” by Alena Filippova-Kargalskaya. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-29-225. Painting “The morning coffee” by Aleksandr Fayvisovich. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-3026. Sculptor …

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Salon14-3127. Painting by Marion Six, (France).

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Salon14-3228. Painting by Chu Ren Wang, (China).

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Salon14-3329. Painting by Alexandra Rouard, (France).

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Salon14-3430. Painting by Padoneli, (France).

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Salon14-3531. Sculptor Miodrag Scepanovic, (Montenegro).

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Salon14-3733. Painting by Olivier Lavorel, (France).

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Salon14-3934. Painting by Marie-Josiane Blachon, (France).

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Salon14-40-235. Painting by Denis Rifflard, (France).

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Salon14-4141. Sculptor Chanet, (France).

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Salon14-4242. Painting by Eric De Luca, (France).

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Salon14-4343. Painting by Shojiro Nakano, (Japan).

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Salon14-4444. Painting by Masako Fukami, (Japan)

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Salon14-36-245. Sculpture “Rain” by Andrey Volkov received “Prix Adagp-2014″ award. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-4546. Etchings by Mikhail Kocheshkov received BRONZE MEDAL 2014. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-4647. Etchings by Alena Dergiliova. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-4748. Etchings by Vitaly Gubarev. (Please look at our EXHIBITIONS section).

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Salon14-4849. Grand Palais is a lovely home for every artist.

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Salon14-4950. Artist Givi Siproshvili. A short interview to the “Russian Art & Paris” staff.

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Salon14-5051. Artists Alena Filippova-Kargalskaya, Alena Dergiliova and Andrey Shustov are tea lovers. Looks good!

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Salon14-5152. Artist Andrey Volkov explains the nuances of working with metal.

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Salon14-5253. This is recollection of Sisyphus. It is probable a hint for artists life…

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Salon14-5354. It was a nice day!

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Salon14-54-255. Exit from Grand Palais.

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Salon14-5557. The late celebration in the “Russian Art & Paris” headquarter.

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Artist Aleksandr Pavlovets, (Dnepropetrovsk)

THE EXHIBITOR OF THE SALON “d’ART CONTEMPOREIN” MONTREUX 2014

AP Port-2Once, as a child my father took me to an art exhibition. Unlike reproductions, these paintings were alive – there were visible layers of paint and they attracted me to them so much that I wanted to touch the painting with my hands. I really wanted to draw at least one such real painting. I began to study painting, and over the years realized that there are a lot of good paintings; in order to not get lost in such diversity, it is necessary to have not only my own handwriting, but also my own worldview. The work of an artist is to constantly learn, to search and experiment. A true artist should be recognized even without his signature on a canvas; with regard to painting, it needs to bring joy to the audience and evoke a bright emotions. One would agree that there is more than enough grayness and dullness in this world…

Aleksandr Pavlovets for the readers of the ”Russian Art & Paris”.

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It is not difficult to imagine the poetics of a moment, when Ms. Struyskaya stared with a vague and mysterious glance from the insightful portrait of artist Fedor Rokotov of the 18th century, upon an equally discerning poet of the 20th century, Nikolai Zabolotsky. Fascinated by the image of Struyskaya, Zabolotsky wrote a poetic masterpiece “Portrait”, in which “out of the darkness of the past …” not just a beautiful Russian court woman, but all the beautiful women of the world embodied in painting appeared before the poet.
•  Perhaps this feminine – artistic! – charm of the “darkness of the past” pushed Aleksandr Pavlovets to the interpretation of well-known female images and the creation of a series of elegant paraphrases, starting with the sculptural portrait Nefertiti to “The Swan Princess” of Vrubel. The elegance of his works are sometimes disturbing, even frightening; and sometimes playful, flirtatious. At the same time it is perceived as a reliable aesthetic bridge thrown between the past and the present, leading to the worship of the divine beauty of Women and Painting.
•  The organization of art-pictorial space almost certainly contains an element of mysterious theatricality. Being fluent in the art of composition, having almost “perfect pitch” to the tonal nuances of color, the artist multiplied the possibilities of his talent. As a result – the solid correctness of creative interpretations and borrowing, intended to convince the audience of the need for a grateful modern look upon the classics, and perhaps to intensify the interest of a contemporary viewer to the values ​​of the past.
• Seduced by the female images of the great masters of the past, artist Aleksandr Pavlovets looks with caution and even a certain aloofness at the contemporaries portrayed by him. For the artist they are just charming, seductive models from which to pull away, creating images of “familiar strangers”; beyond them there is only “darkness of modernity”, which may be void, where the present has no potency to become IMG_88796-1meaningful “onetime”… The artist manages to play along with nature, gently flattering her and simultaneously sadly grinning. Alas, the master does not find the proper depth in the women portrayed, recognizing that “his own Struyskuyu” has not been created yet.
•  Habitually we associate woman with a flower, but in his “painting of bouquets” Pavlovets comes from the opposite: his beautiful flowers evoke sincere, almost erotic excitement, because the artist admires them no less than the images of women in classical painting, and creates them with the predilection of a painter-lover. Chardin’s thoroughness emanates from the bouquet of lilac, impressionistic vibrations come from the still life with small carnations, Rembrandt’s golden glow of autumn radiates his white chrysanthemums. Collected in a series, these paintings are fragrant with an extravaganza of color and provoke the viewer to remember the variety of exciting aromas.
•  “Peasant” still life are painted by the artist without a hint of force against nature: with a relaxed and joyful love. Tense and strictly balanced chiaroscuro contrasts, and color Still life with a bottleharmonies force us to remember the dignity of still life paintings by de Zurbarán and Chardin. The fruits of the earth in Pavlovian’s artworks are weighty and life-affirming – like in the paintings of Flanders in the 17th century. However, in his still lifes – the fruits of the rich and disturbing earth, are the fruits of Ukraine.
•  To the sophisticated traveler, Ukrainian city landscape motifs seem sad and not always attractive. The painter Aleksandr Pavlovets can poeticize the heavy with spring moisture, unfussy, stooping in the wind, patio of Dnepropetrovsk. He can breathe a pulse into the classically boring prospect of an autumn street with a cathedral steaming in the fog, with a shimmering gilded dome. He can convince the viewer in the Baroque freshness of a pseudo-baroque motif of the historic part of the city. Finally, he can evoke from the viewer a sense of nostalgia, born by the natural pull of a citizen to the aesthetics of not only the parade architecture, but also the shaded courtyard provincial architecture.
•  And always, in every motif, there is a search for a silent narrative of the walls about something precious that connects the human with the frightening and at the same time attractive urban environment.
•  Not burdened by moralization, the artwork of Aleksandr Pavlovets returns us to a righteous realism, a majestic effect which still expands upon us the art classics. The realistic artworks of our contemporaries, like the of works of Aleksandr Pavlovets indicate that the possibilities of realism are far from exhausted. In art, the realistic creation of the world of images and the reflection of the “world” of feelings are the spiritual and aesthetic future of mankind.

by Vitaly Starchenko,
Winner of the literary awards of Ivan Sokulsky and Pavlo Tychinaart critic.

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Pictures in the text (from above):
“Still life with candlestick”  Oil on canvas. (50 x 70 cm); “Still life with a bottle”  Oil on canvas. (55 x 70 cm).

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“Joker” Oil on Canvas. (90 x 80 cm)

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To give a definition of artistic taste is not easy. It’s not so much for the lack of a tuning fork as in their abundance. Every single historical epoch had its tuning fork, and sometimes more than one. Our time is not an exception – there are plenty of tuning forks, and the loudest one is not necessarily the most accurate. The tuning fork of the artistic taste of contemporary painter Aleksandr Pavlovets sounds restrained, sometimes very quiet, but it is worth listening to. In the soft music of his works, there are very many precise notes.
• In delineating the space of the artistic images of Aleksandr Pavlovets, in finding a designation for this space, the simple word “harmony” seems natural, but not sufficient. An aura of tranquility in still life is replaced by an aura of tense silence in the portraits of women. An aura of coloristic hues interweaves with an aura of light and shadow. Compositional structures are distinct and laconic. The motions of live characters are almost always completed. The openness of female images is deceptive, their lips are tightly sealed. Harmony of rest? The harmony of silence? Yes, probably, but still something more.
•  How can the mystery of Danae capture the contemporary artist, a mature man of the twenty-first century? The charm of an ancient myth? But it has been retold a thousand times and implemented in hundreds of paintings. Interest in ancient Greek history? But the painting “Danae” by Aleksandr Pavlovets is devoid of any historical attributes, his Danae is timeless. Perhaps most importantly, it is the presence of the mystery itself, a mystery of the divine in the earth. The compositional decision of the artist is temperamental and sudden, the main character of the painting is made to be not Danae, but Zeus. No, it’s not just about the shimmering of verticals and gold color scheme (Zeus came to Danae in the form of a shower of gold). We look upon Danae through the eyes of Zeus, on canvas is his emotional order, his invisible presence. He is located at the point from which the viewer sees Danae. The sharply-modern interpretation of the plot is psychologically daring, and no less daring is the painting itself, almost fresco-like by its nature. The composition arranges the image, and the image revealing the meaning. Impeccable graphic slendernessAutumn 2of a sophisticated foreshortening of the female figure, is the only classical element of this artwork. Everything else is art of our time.
•  The painting of Aleksandr Pavlovets is a complex and unhurried artistic search within a relatively small aesthetic field. At the same time, the problems disclosed in such search are exceptionally relevant. As an example – the light and shadow is a base of construction of still-life by this artist, but simultaneously, his a decisive rejection of light and shadow in the figurative compositions leaves an open question – why? It is obvious that the basis of this difference is the different nature of the material world and the spiritual world. However, is this difference sufficient to create two separate painting aesthetics in a single artistic space? To answer this question is not easy and it is almost impossible to answer theoretically. Of value is only answer received on the canvas. The significance of an answer to this and similar questions will be confirmed (or not confirmed) in the works of other artists. The mechanism of artistic search in the visual arts functions slowly, but it has been working without any serious glitches and errors for centuries and no other mechanism is available for artists today. The distance traversed by Aleksandr Pavlovets along this road is considerable and the result is dozens of excellent fine art works. All of those are before the eyes of viewers. However, the road remains the same, with questions which, besides the artist himself, no one can answer.  ©

by Russian Art & Paris

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Pictures in the text (from above): “Autumn”  Oil on canvas. (60 x 75 cm)

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Danae 1 “Danae” Oil on Canvas. (65 x 110 cm)

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Aleksandr Pavlovets, a painter and graphic artist, was born in 1954 in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine). After graduating from the Art school he continued his education in State Dnepropetrovsk University (1980). Since 1994, he has participated in international art exhibitions and competitions. Aleksandr Pavlovets lives and works in Dnepropetrovsk.

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Russian spelling: Художник Александр Павловец, (Днепропетровск)
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Artist Vitaly Gubarev, (Protvino)

HONORED ARTIST OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
THE EXHIBITOR OF THE SALON “ART CAPITAL” 2013 – 2015
THE BRONZE MEDAL OF THE SALON “ART CAPITAL” 2015

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Our earthly life is a very short episode, and in eternity it is a fleeting moment only. To embody graphically an amazing flow of life which cannot be expressed in words – it is both joy and anguish. To depict an enormous space on a small sheet of paper, it takes a lot of energy. But this artistic energy returns graciously to the art viewer. In this, I see the meaning of creativity of any artist working in contemporary visual art.

Vitaly Gubarev for the readers of the ”Russian Art & Paris”.

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VG-Port-2The art of Vitaly Gubarev is expressive and emotional. It mirrors the development of Russian graphic arts at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The poetic paintings created by Vitaly Gubarev reflect the worldview of the best part of a generation to which he belongs. Up to now this generation is socially oriented. It took shape in the recent decades of the past century in the atmosphere of enthusiasm of the national gravures and great popularity of this art form in Russia. The expertise, skill, art and moral consistency of works are number one amongst the priorities in the Vitaly Gubarev oeuvre. The artist created a variety of epic and large-scale image of Russia together with the lyrical and poetical paintings. He sang of his homeland in them and pinpointed the topical issues of the public morals at all times. One of the priority themes in his oeuvre is the idea of a linkage between humanity and the world, and humanity’s moral responsibility. In such paintings, there is a warning to a spectator, the modern time, an epoch of moral conglomerate combining idealism, on one hand, and cynicism, on the other. The romantic ideals of his youth compel the already experienced and has-been artist take in hand this theme once again, search and resonate with the hearts of spectators. Vitaly Gubarev is a man of apparent value in the Russian graphic arts. He is a brilliant master devoted to the arts and he is independent and principled.
•  The narration of Vitaly Gubarev’s creative career could result in a real novel about the fate of an artist who devoted himself to the service of the arts. The activity of a master of such skill level and world outlook is worth a separate big talk and study of his methods of work.
•  The origins of the worldview of each and every human being are in his biography, in the events of years of his childhood in any way influencing shaping his views, the concept of good and evil, as well as upon the eternal mystery of interaction of a human being and the nature. Such an event for Vitaly Gubarev was his experience during the war and after war time in Uzbekistan as a child, his early self-reliance and independent thinking. All this has become the strongest motivation for studying and achieving professionalism and has developed his diligence, and strengthened his will.
•  The epic images of Russia formed in the Vitaly Gubarev’s work gradually through dozens of remarkable drawings of the Russian meadows, the newly ploughed fields and the vastness of the native Grater Moscow Area. These drawings arose asПоловодье. Протва. 30х37см-2a result of the long years and painstaking work over the series of urban and rural sceneries. To create them it took Vitaly Gubarev long years of his work. The understanding of a historical fate of Russia was lined up from one painting to another. His tours around the provincial towns, villages and rural areas of the Russian North, the Volga region and the Greater Moscow Area helped him a lot to understand it. At home, in his workshop, he understood how to achieve the maximum expression of his painting in the absent of the subject and additional details. The author’s life experience and wisdom came to him with the years entirely comply with the word picture in such drawings as «A Storm is Brewing» (1994), «The Wheats are Being Sown», -Before the Storm» (1996), «The Beginning of the Storm», «The Cloudy Day» (2001), «The First Snow» (2002), «A Field Under Wheat», «Night Field» (2003). A calm stateliness of the following drawings translates to a spectator the artist’s reflection of eternity and permanency of all in «Above theVanity» (1976), «A Field is Being Come into Ear», «The Holy Lake. The Solovetsky Islands» and «The Zayatsky Island. The Solovetsky Islands» (1998). Second place, a motive of love to the bleak Northern soil and to homeland is being evolved in these drawings. One can talk in different languages about the beauty and grandeur of the Зимний путь 21х26 смhomeland and about the love to the homeland. Here, Vitaly Gubarev found its own language that is heartfelt and very expressive. It is no mere chance, his work was repeatedly awarded with the blue ribbons by the Russian Academy of Arts, Artist’s Union of Russia and a variety of other governmental and social structures.
•  There are many drawings pencil amongst the Vitaly Gubarev’s best paintings. The drawing artist’s handicraft came to him as early as in his young years and yet he has been honing his skill throughout his life. Vitaliy draws at all times and in all places. He created a big collection of the easel drawings in coloured pencil that deserve attention of the museum staff as per their quality and art expressiveness. In these drawings, both the talent and high level of skill, and experience are expressed as well.
•  The graphic signature of Vitaly Gubarev is recognized as per his soft narrative intonation, as per his attentive attitude to the line, as per black and white stain, as per original rhythm that has something in common with the rhythms of the ancient Russian towns. The graphic structure of his paintings is narrative. In etching, he assigns a respectful part to the picturesque properties of aquatint giving various texture effects and helping to transfer the atmospheric colour in which the picture has been sunk. Vitaly Gubarev does like a classic etched stroke, the velvety touch of the line that is engraved in the dry-point techniques. The realistic manner in which he works all his life allowed him to achieve a high expression and brilliant skill. These qualifications put Vitaly Gubarev forward into the staff of the most interesting Russian graphic artists who are independent and picturesque in their progress.
•  Vitaly Gubarev’s engravings reveal his gift as a painter. He perceives the black and white colour graphically and in tonal shades. Apparently, a frequent address to the coloured etching and to the complicated process of gravure production with the help of several plates is connected with his perception. All his life Vitaly Gubarev does painting as well. He paints in acryl, tempera and water colour. He focuses on this art form extensively over the last years.
•  All his life Vitaly Gubarev is seeking to get an idea of the harmony of the relationship between a human being and the nature across all his contemporaries. Yury Baturin, the pilot cosmonaut of Russia, wrote from Zvezdnyi Gorodok as follows: «After a cosmonaut returning from his flight his feelings and sensations are flared up. He begins to see and notice all objects that he habitually passed by before without turning his head, especially in the nature. I saw from a new angle the beauty of common trees, rivulets and clouds on the sky after my returning from the outer space on Earth in 1998.1 saw all that objects just so how Vitaly Gubarev painted them in his pictures as «The Summer. The Protva Rivulet», «The Autumn», and etc… I have travelled around the small Russian provincial towns and common villages for several years where my antecedents lived in starting from XVIII to XX centuries. Certainly, I’m taking photograph… However, I have felt «the aura of that life» viewing only the Gubarev’s works such as «The Wintry Evening», «The Peal of Bells», «Winter», «The White Snow» and «The Rest in the Village» . These works helped me to my best understanding and feeling of those people and that life that I want to describe in my book». Really, it is rather high appraisal and one can be proud of it.

by Tatyana Boitsova,
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation,
member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation, art critic.

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Pictures in the text (from above):
“High water. Protva” Etching. (30 x 37 cm); “Winter way” Etching. (21 x 26 cm).

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“At Protva”  Etching. (14 x 18 cm)

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The artist Vitaly Gubarev has long been known. A great graphic artist, a master of etching, a fine lyricist – epithets which no one disputes,  and yet, speaking about the art of this master is not so easy. The thematic range of this artist is reserved and even austere. The number of plots in his works is not too large. Add to that the natural asceticism of the techniques in etching, and it begs the question – what is the focus of the art of V.Gubarev? In what art-field does he lead his creative exploration?  Let’s try to understand.
•  We have before us two landscapes – “Blooming meadow” and “Cornfield”. The most close-up view and a wide panorama. cornfield-2Space on these sheets is strictly structured and is emphasized with several apparent tonal accents. This space, decorative and almost flat in the first case, and expanded to maximum depth in the second case, is the main character in the works. However, space can never be empty, it is always filled with something. Here we come to the most important – to the fringe beyond which art begins. A description of the space in etchings of Vitaly Gubarev is not difficult to give at first sight of these sheets – living. Living space filled with the breath of wind and the smell of grass, is vibrant and changeable. How, by what means, does the artist create this effect?
•  Pay attention to the filigree tone design, clearly visible in the composition “Cornfield”. In addition to the major tonal accents, the development of light spots of the second row literally leads the gaze of viewers through the waves of the shifting field. This is not just a tonal richness, but also an extremely difficult tonal arrangement illustrating the meaning of the work – the endless movement of living eared fields. No less interesting is the compositional solution of the foreground in etching “Blooming meadow”. The vibration of the warm afternoon air, the movement of grass, the nearly palpable smell of summer – all of this is in the construction of complex, sibling tonal rhythms of this magnificent sheet.
•  The stylistic horizon of V. Gubareva is quite wide – from the classical form of “Memories” or “Winter way” to the emotionally explosive “Above the vanity”. Today, the artist is clearly on top of his skill and actively working, so we should not rush with generalizing characteristics of works by this master. Viewers first and foremost need works of art, and not grades, of the fine artist Vitaly Gubarev. ©

by Russian Art & Paris

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Pictures in the text: “Comfield” Etching. (29 x 42 cm)

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“Suspension bridge”  Etching. (25 x 27 cm)

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Vitaly Gubarev, a graphic artist and painter, was born in 1936 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). After graduating from the Tashkent Republican Art College (1958) he continued his art education in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (former Stroganovskoye) in 1964. Graphic-artist Vitaly Gubarev is a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR (1971). Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1994). Diploma of the Russian Academy of Arts (2005). Chairman of the section of graphic-artists of the Moscow regional branch of the Union of Artists of Russia (2008). Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, Vitaly Gubarev awarded the Medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland, II degree” (2011). Personal art exhibition in the Palace of Nations (UN) in Geneva (2012).

The works of Vitaly Gubarev – etching and graphic art are in the collections of museums: The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow); the Penza State Art Gallery named after K.A.Savitskiy; the Perm State Museum; the Pavlodar State Art Museum; the Serpukhov History and Art Museum; the Art Gallery of the Smolensk State Museum.

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EXHIBITIONS

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Etchings by Vitaly Gubarev in the exhibition of the Salon “Art Capital” 2015, (Paris). The BRONZE MEDAL 2015

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Etchings by Vitaly Gubarev in the exhibition of the Salon “Art en Capital” 2014, (Paris).

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Etchings by Vitaly Gubarev in the exhibition of the Salon “Art en Capital” 2013, (Paris).

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Russian spelling: Художник Виталий Губарев, (Протвино)

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Artist Leonid Stroganov, (Saint Petersburg)

THE EXHIBITOR OF THE SALON “ART EN CAPITAL” 2013

LS-Port-BIG-5Thoughts about the visual arts lead me to memories of how I, as a teenager, loved to watch work in the port. It was in Vyborg, a small town by the Baltic Sea. I especially liked the evening. The mysterious darkness, breathing in the heavy moist sea breeze, the unintelligible subdued sounds, whistles, rattles and subtle clops, fascinated me. Wisps of the fairway, winking in the dark, created a music of excitement, the way into the abyss of a dark and mysterious Baltic night. During the day, the mystery would disappear, everything would fall back into place. Similarly the visual arts, in my view, must contain a secret within it, like a certain quality of understatement. This is what fills the work of fine art with an internal content, and transforms an everyday image into a mature and meaningful artistic statement. That is precisely what determines the value and meaning of the dialogue of the artist with the viewer.

Leonid Stroganov for the readers of the ”Russian Art & Paris”.

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LS-Port-text-1Leonid Stroganov, a graphic artist, works in a currently rare technique of etching. The specifics of printmaking are historically closely associated with the art of making books, with its refined and intellectually rich aesthetic. It is quite natural that Leonid Stroganov, an artist-intellectual, not only has his own outlook, but also a brightly expressive individual style. The etching sheets of the author are filled with symbols, signs, and puzzles that engage the viewer in a dramatic art space: between truth and fiction, life and death, beauty and disorder. Every detail in his prints – is part of a surprisingly musical universe, where everything is interconnected in a complex game of semantic reflections. From this, perhaps, arises a unique rhythm, the nerve of the line of the author’s drawing.
•   The heroes of etchings are fantastic, fictional personas in the image of people. The constant transformation, a rebirth one into another, is most noticeable in the early diptych “Eating” and “Running away” (2002). In later works, traces of recent metamorphosis are seen in the hands of “The Venetian”, in the face of “The Courtesan” (2010), in the feet of the bookplate of Brodovych “Adam and Eve” (2008), in the right hand “of the Magi” (2006) and in other works. These intentionally stylized techniques emphasize the belonging of the characters to a different aesthetic reality unfolded in the field of author’s myth.
•  Series “The Silence” (1999) – is one of the first made by the author in the technique of etching. In this series, which is mysterious and surprisingly melodic in a youthful way, the third sheet is of particular interest. On a gloomy background of deep space there are nude, separately seated figures of a man and a woman with a baby sleeping peacefully in their arms. Immersed, each in their own world, both he and she are alone. Above them, in the upper world, submitting to their own music, unseen creatures fly on a predetermined path, and in the lower world, listening to the melody, wonderful fish swim by. He and she are in an infinite space, where everything is on a predetermined path. The juxtaposition, in which a LS-Port-text-2man and a woman are in the third sheet of the series “Silence,” occurs in the author’s work more than once, for example, in the previously mentioned bookplate Brodovych “Adam and Eve”. The small size and chamber genre of the bookplates do not stop it from being one of the artist’s strongest works – the engraving is beautiful in its artistic idea and deep in meaning. Heroes of a biblical myth are depicted lying on the roots of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they are arranged with their backs to each other. Adam and Eve are close, but not together – they are far from each other. The audience’s glance at the lying down lonely and confused characters creates a special sense of the timeless existence of personas.
•  Leonid Stroganov returned time and again to the first people of the world. Several works were made with the plot of “Expulsion from Paradise”. Two large-sized works were completed by the author in 2009. One of them depicts Adam and Eve in the moment when they leave the gates of heaven. A huge portal is framed by two dark figures, wrapped in donkey skins. They walk side by side; their closed faces and expressive gestures speak of desperation. They wander along the same road, but each has their own skin, every person for themselves. The author reveals through this Biblical story, the theme of human loneliness. The second work on the same LS-Port-text-4subject, in the form of a diptych, is striking by its expression. Adam and Eve appear emaciated by suffering and eternal journeys. In all the works on the theme of the Fall, an important place is devoted to the image of a root turned inside-out from the land, or of roots blanketing the ground. The root is a metaphor for the origin of that which is hidden from the eyes, which gives vitality.
•  A particular perception of time is present in many works of Leonid Stroganov. The author builds his work in such a way that his characters still exist timelessly, even if the text is full of symbols and attributes that refer to a particular historical period or literary composition.
•  Travelers wander timelessly on their way from the cycle “Moving” (1999). On one of the sheets of the series of the same name, under number one, a group of people is depicted under a starry sky. The wagon, a boy with a backpack, people in hoods, a woman holding a baby next to a man, all wandering after a donkey. Who are they? Refugees, pilgrims of the Middle Ages, whose life was on the road? Unwittingly, you pay attention to the last figures: “A donkey, a woman with a baby, and the man nearby”. The combination is perceived as a quote: “Holy Family on the way to Egypt.” But the woman is not sitting on the donkey, but follows him, and the face of “Joseph” is hidden under the mask. A Miracle – in the ordinary flow of life, but it cannot always be noticed and understood. In the artwork there is no emphasis on the faces of characters. Perhaps they have not yet found their persons, have not found their identity. Through the procession, attention is drawn to the figure of a teenager carrying a load on his shoulders, precisely because he has a face. The boy with the backpack is similar to the artist himself. Does this mean that he walks among his characters behind a cart along a road in the flow of people? There is a feeling of not only a myth, but also a parable. There is a special feeling of a mystical-philosophical “Stroganov” aura, which is the hallmark of the work of this young and very talented artist.

by Ksenia Harina, art critic.

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“Adam and Eve”   Etching. (40 x 30 cm)

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The modern Saint Petersburg graphic artist Leonid Stroganov debuted in art with an impressive series of etchings “King Lear”. The sophisticated viewer will immediately feel a dissonance because a series of etchings requires quite serious creative experience and of course, maturity is needed for Shakespeare… All right!  And yet… The talent of Leonid Stroganov is bright and obvious. Few artists of this age have an established style and a distinct artistic vision. Even rarer is the wholeness and strong inner conviction of his own truth. These are imperative qualities without which many talents have faded.
•  The bas-relief style of Leonid Stroganov etchings, their intense drama, is realized in full effect in the William Shakespeare series. No less interesting is the dynamism of compositional solutions, the amazing artistic unity of tonal and rhythmic rows. Tonal accents impeccably build the dialogue of gestures in the etching “King Lear – 1″. The complex range of emotions in the sheet of “King Lear – 10″ comes from the black and white rhythm of the composition. The determination and non-triviality of the compositional structures of each sheet is very enticing. Determination, without which it is impossible to create a new artistic image or, by the description of philosopher N.Berdyaev a “creation of the nonexistant”.
•  A series of urban landscapes of St. Petersburg – the city, roadway of which have seen each and every Russian artists, is a difficult task for a master of any rank. For a series, it is insufficient just combination of scenes. It is very essential to have a new quality – the Saint Petersburg of Leonid Stroganov. And on the etching plates of this artist, such a city arises. This is not quite an ordinary St. Petersburg. Dostoevsky is not seen on its bridges, but perhaps Bulgakov may appear just around the corner. This city is still tragic at night, but a little provincial in the light of day. This is a different St. Petersburg. A St. Petersburg through the eyes of an artist from a new generation. This city can be liked by not everyone, but it already exists, because there exists a new and intriguing artist – Leonid Stroganov.  ©

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“The courtesan”   Etching. (42 x 28 cm)

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Leonid Stroganov was born in the city of Saint Petersburg in 1979 year. After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Art College named after Nicholas Roerich (1999), the artist was continued his education at The Institute of design, applied arts and humanities under the guidance of the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Oleg Yahnin (2002). Since 2002 he is a member of the Artists’ Union of the Russian Federation. The artist-graphic Leonid Stroganov lives and work in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

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Etchings by Leonid Stroganov in the exhibition of the Salon “Art en Capital” 2013, (Paris).

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Russian spelling: Художник Леонид Строганов, (Санкт-Петербург)

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Artist Vladimir Shichkov, (1951 – 2016)

THE EXHIBITOR OF THE SALON “ART EN CAPITAL” 2013 – 2014

VS-port-1-4 bigThe Arts – are fragments of a lost paradise, and the task of the artist, is to try to collect them. The difficulty lies in the fact that art is not life itself, but rather its reflection. Attempts of a literal copying of nature in painting do not reach a result, because the real-life object and its image in the plane have a different nature. In the 20th century, art has significantly transformed: in addition to the indisputable realism with its deep penetration into the essence of being, there is now impressionism, with its elements of pure color, and also the avant-garde with its innovative formal quests. I’m interested in the stylistic achievements of each of these areas: they complement and enrich one other. The main aspect of art – to create works that could “hook” the soul of the viewer, stop it, and make them think. Particularly this event – the pause before any artistic canvases, instantaneous concentration of attention on painting, transforms a participant of a gallery into an audience. The most valuable of all things is our life. Humans are given a unique opportunity to explore the world, to think, to dream, to love, and if they are also given the gift of creativity – it is a huge responsibility, as if every artist comes into this world with a certain mission. Another and very important thing – has he realized it or not, has he understood himself, has he received the necessary proficiency and the ability to clearly express it …  At the end of it all, for his own creative talent, he is personally responsibility before God.

Vladimir Shichkov for the readers of the ”Russian Art & Paris”.

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VS-port-2In the present, there exist many artists, preserving the traditional commitment of art, but being absolutely modern in their worldview. Their artwork in which there is a free transformation of natural forms and a subjective interpretation of the visible, acts in opposition to the naturalistic paintings of the recent past, which imitate the lifelike. The figurative meaning of paintings by such masters is difficult to comprehend. The artist seeks not to as much visually reconstruct objects as to inspire viewers with artistic images, to cause a certain mood. Departing from external naturalism involves the activation of a counter spiritual perception from the viewer. The depiction of expression in these canvases, dominates the goal of portrayal. The drastic emancipation of painting from the tasks of fable narrative requires updating of the language of depiction.
•   Such work is done by artist Vladimir Shichkov. His artistic formation and development, it would seem, did not foreshadow this turn. For years, he repeated the fate a painter quite traditional in subject matter and in style. Apparently, it could hardly be expected from him to have drastic changes in both. But the era of rapid shift of the entire political and cultural life of the country has awakened many. Almost complete cessation of state patronage in the arts freed artists from the persistently imposed criteria. Vladimir Shichkov was sensitive to the challenges of the time.
•   From imitation painting, visibly object-based, he came to the artistic decisions, residing at the boundary of a complete loss of natural object. The reduction of material forms as if not at all hinders the master. On the contrary, it seems to him as a particularly attractive way to strain the viewer, to give him the possibility of different interpretations of what he saw, but within the originally specified emotional range, as is the case with the experience of musical tune. The boundaries of possible interpretations are deliberately vague: the artist emphasizes the emotional beginning, not the figurative meaning. In the internet age, the visual culture of the viewer fundamentally changes. And above all, it concerns the extraordinarily sped up pace of showing. Flickering frames, the surprise and showiness of viewing angles, dissonances of color, blurring of contours – all this has become natural and habitual to the modern man. The view from the window of an express train or a speeding car, significantly changed the way we experience the world, and could not have avoided the visual arts.
•   His paintings sometimes differ from the natural world. These artworks Breakfast-2 Small 40x60PUSHAVKA_60X80ignore the density, weight, and material tangibility of the portrayed objects. Vladimir Shichkov attains an associative resemblance with the object, working largely in favor of his own enacted fantasies, freely transforming the outline, color palette and texture of objects in any motives. Hardly marked outlines, the quaint and moving kaleidoscope glow permeated by vibrating color stains, give birth to a special aesthetic emotional vagueness, a fleeting illusory, “where precision is fused with fluctuation” (P.Verlen), unwittingly awakening our imagination as well. These canvases are viewed as more flattened, they delineated a decisive turn to pure decoration. The unique features of this artist’s creative style are: improvised variations of bright imaginary landscapes; fragile, transparent silhouettes of flowers; demonstrative artistry of writing; cursory informative content of the plot; free emotional response to what is seen; expressive movements towards heightened-color painting; quite flawless artistic intuition.
•  In a recent review of his solo exhibition at the Ivanovo State Art Museum, it was not accidentally said: “The artist balances on the verge of figurative painting and abstraction – a fascinating act of equilibrium.” Note that this is not without reason. The coloristical intensity of the canvas is held by the clashes of the thoughtfully rhythmic decorative spots. This reinforces the intensity of perception of the almost intangible materiality barely showing through the figurative motif. It seems as if the artist paints colored light, creates a luminous painting on glass – a kind of stained-glass feature to his paintings markedly magnifies their decorative-poetic beginning.
•  All of his work, labeled by critics as “artistic equilibrium” seems like a spontaneous outburst of emotions carried onto the canvas at a rapid pace, executed in a live sketch-like manner; but such an impression can be misleading. By his own admission, they were born painstakingly. They were not a freestyle improvisation, but rather a deliberate desire to make the image and its perception by the view more dynamic. While seemingly without structure, these paintings are well made and designed to fulfill their main function – become an emotional dominant of residential or office interiors. Hence the desire for the external showiness, color harmony, and predominately sunny disposition of the emotionally-shaped structure.
•  Honing his individual style, the master creates many paintings varying on the theme of color richness of the visible world. Vladimir Shichkov artistic creativity increases markedly from year to year. A direct appeal to the legacy of Impressionists or the quest for the artistic avant-garde are characteristic of the era of postmodernism: poly-stylistics become the style of our time. Today’s avant-garde artists actively make use of the achievements of predecessors. Already in the 1910s avant-garde started becoming more academical and there originated an avant-garde salon, which in our time decisively wins the sympathy of the audience, contemporary art galleries, and private painting collections. The achievements of Vladimir Shichkov are a visual confirmation of these tendencies. The processes of globalization are truly planetary in nature and necessarily pull into its orbit of influence even the most remote corners of the Earth.

by Efim Vodonos,
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation,
Director of the Russian art department of the Saratov State Art Museum
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Pictures in the text (from above):
“Breakfast” Oil on canvas. (40 x 60 cm); “Pushavka” Oil on canvas. (60 x 80 cm).

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Paris 2“Paris”  Oil on Canvas. (70 x 70 cm)

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Thinking about the aesthetics of Vladimir Shichkov, noting how precisely the color chords of his works are composed, the term “poetry” involuntarily comes to mind. Concepts, which are used in the theory of poetry seem to be quite adequate for the artistic analysis of the pictorial composition of this master. Rhyme is a measured pace, the rhythm of sound. This definition is most relevant to the creative work of Vladimir Shichkov. The rhyme of color is at the foundation of his amazing and exceptionally attractive artworks.
• Let’s look at a little artistic miracle – “The Indian Summer”. Or at the no less charming – “The Flare” and “The Morning”. What is special about these compositions, which at first glance have quite ordinary plots? Is the innovative character of the artwork? Sure. Excellent color scheme? Absolutely. But apart from these purely artistic aspects, there is another dimension that is absolutely humanitarian – humanity. Peering into the coloring of paintings by artist Vladimir Shichkov, listening to the monologue of his paintings, the conclusion has to do quite unexpected. These bright, juicy, and externally flashy pictures lead their conversation with the audience in a surprisingly calm and warm voice. What gives them such a sound? First of all – the rhythm, the movement of the main color harmonies in the plane of the visual field. In the brilliant landscape “The Indian Summer” this can be seen most clearly. The rhythm of the main color masses with perfect precision builds the theme of the works – the warm calm of a clear autumn day.
• Much more complex in its compositional and rhythmic construction is the landscape “The Coast”. With a high level of color intensity and strong contrasts, it still retains, however, a sense of comfort of human presence. The rhythm within it is set by the mass of blue color, penetrating the whole composition, and effectively ”soothing” the fractional, ringing rhythm of light accents. Rhythm, so to speak, regulates the timbre of the artistic voice – somewhat quiet, somewhat emotional, but never rising to a scream.
• The subtle understanding of plot in the figurative compositions by Vladimir Shichkov (“Paris”, “Premier”, “Nocturne”, “Giselle”) is present despite the artist favoring a close-up view. This is a remarkable quality. A close-up view, the rise of an image of human body to the boundary of a canvas, complicates the plot possibilities of the composition. Of all the active tools, the only one left at the disposal of the artist is, perhaps, the gesture. The gesture is understood as a meaningful movement of the entire human body. Could a gesture become the plot of an artwork? The composition “Paris” answers this question quite vividly.
• The language of artwork by Vladimir Shichkov is a profoundly original phenomenon. This language is not always easy to understand, but the expressiveness of this language, its artistic values and its possibilities are obvious. No less interesting are questions that arise among this. One of them, maybe the most fundamental, concerns the relationship between the planarity of the whole picture and the three-dimensional nature of human images on the canvas. In this special language, being developed by the master, the “conflict of interest” between these two basic categories looks to be inevitable. Or is a compromise still possible? Artist Vladimir Shichkov is actively working, and his answer will probably not keep you waiting too long. ©

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Paintings by Vladimir Shichkov – are a kind of visualized dreams of that which is beautiful. Colorful dreams. The unique feature of the realm of dreams – is a wonderful combination of incongruous things, where everything visible is transformed in unexpected ways, shapes flow into one another and change before our eyes. In a stream of bright and saturated colors, the image slips away. In the next second the “frame” changes, and you will no longer recognize the previously seen picture… Looking at the paintings of Vladimir Shichkov, you seem to be immersed in the contemplation of a colorful sleep. But unlike fleeting dreams, you can return to the artistic canvas again and again to look over the features.

Victoria Solnceva, art critic,
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Vladimir Shichkov was born in the city of Ivanovo in 1951 year. After graduating from the Ivanovo Art College (1981), the artist was trained at the Moscow Art-Industrial College (the former Stroganoff College) under the guidance of docent Staborovsky (1983). Since 1990 year, artist has participated in art exhibitions and competitions. The paintings of Vladimir Shichkov are in the collection of the Ivanovo State Art Museum.

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Artist Ksenia Lavrova, (Saint Petersburg)

THE EXHIBITOR OF THE SALON “ART CAPITAL” 2014 – 2015

KL- por-1 bigOur world is beautiful, bright, refined … It just needs to be seen. The history of fashion is the most truthful mirror of human nature and the visual environment of any historical character. A careful study of the history of costume and fashion, the history of the creation of fabrics, stages of formation of the historic appearance of “a dressed up person” at different times in different countries, as well as the understanding and study of ethnic groups in different countries – helps me create a real and live artistic images. Try to see the subtlety of the Egyptian kalaziris, and the severity of the French brokkara, the possession of which, at the time of the Directory, could end in you losing your head. Perhaps that is why my Marie Antoinette looks with such sadness at the viewer. In my portraits there is sadness, contempt, and euphoria. Glamorous charm is not for me. Hundreds and thousands of scientific studies, whole libraries of historical literature, are created in an attempt to understand and explain the nature and purpose of my characters, but words alone are not enough. For complete characterization there also needs to be paint of artist. It would be better to say that I am creating a visual encyclopedia of human images of bygone eras – images of the whimsical, strange, and not always beautiful…

Ksenia Lavrova for the readers of the ”Russian Art & Paris”.

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It is known that the story develops in a spiral. In the early twentieth century Paris was shocked by the exotic beauty of the works of Russian artist Aleksandr Yakovlev, shown at an exhibition in the gallery Charpentier, at the end of a series of expeditions organized by “Citroen” in Africa, Asia and the Far East. On display in front of the astonished audience were leaders and princesses of African tribes, actors of Chinese opera, and peasants, Japanese geishas and kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and Afghan shepherds.
•  At the beginning of the twenty first century, when it would seem that the world has been studied, and there was not an undiscovered nook, a Saint Petersburg artist Ksenia Lavrova invites viewers into her exciting journey across the countries and continents of the world. A world transformed by her imagination, an amazing world, where imagination echoes with an ethnographic precision of details; a mysterious and frightening world, filled with very strange creatures as if descended from the pages of Lewis Carroll.
•  The creative work of Ksenia Lavrova is characterized by multiple stylistics, KL- por-4 textas is typical of contemporary art. The artist intentionally uses the principles and techniques of different styles and different directions. The easy composition of multiscale pieces on one sheet and a wonderful unusual combination of heroes or patterns of fragments and compositional pauses of empty space, give rise to memories of masters from the European Middle KL- 6 text-smallAges, and the quirky, whimsical, elastic line is as if borrowed from Persian miniature painters. Luxury materials and textures depicted in the works of Ksenia Lavrova, send the viewer to the aesthetics of Art Deco. The mood of a light sadness, smooth flowing silhouettes, the bright combination of gold with purple, lilac hues, the quiet showing of reflections and iridescence, complemented by decorative flatness are reminiscent of Art Nouveau.
•  With this diversity of sources, creative style of K. Lavrova differs by its uniqueness. The subtle combination of quiet disparate methods from different eras and styles is an expression of the feeling of life in modern society, the big city, where ethnic groups and cultures from all ends of the planet coexist together.
•  The contemplation of works by Ksenia Lavrova can be compared with aesthetic pleasure, slowly drinking small sips of strong oriental coffee and re-reading a novel from the nineteenth century, highly rich in elegant epithets, detailed descriptions, and almost devoid of action. Information density of her artworks is unusually high. It is impossible to catch at first glance all of the characters and innumerable details. Each time when viewing the creative work of Ksenia Lavrova, you always discover something new that slipped from view before. This extremely fascinating and endless journey of discovery gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy a fine and generous aesthetic of an amazing artist.
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Probably one of the most impressive St. Petersburg graphic artists today, Ksenia Lavrova is equally gifted with a bright talent and a vibrant personality. An artist’s own style, the unique artistic vision are the features which are so highly valued in the art-world throughout all times. In the art of graphics, which is sophisticated and elitist by its nature, these features become critical . If there is no personal style, there is no artist. In the presented graphic compositions from the series “Historic Identities”, the problem of style does not appear theoretical. What is before us: a poster, an illustration, or an graphic arts? Where is the birthplace of these graphics: in the tradition of Russian Art Nouveau, or in the synthetic omnivorousness of pop-art? With what language does this artist speak to us? Perhaps the last question is the most interesting.
• It is easy to see that the compositional constructions of K. Lavrova include the texture of the material as a separate component of the image. The material world of objects, colliding with live characters, suddenly acquires the right to speak. In this metaphysical space, the justacorps ceases to be a detail of clothing and becomes an independent character of the narrative. Items enter a dialogue: with each other and with the main character of the artwork. The dialogue of objects is the basis of plot for many works of the artist Ksenia Lavrova. Marie Antoinette’s wig clearly mocks its mistress. Queen Boleyn’s cloak is only waiting for an excuse to challenge her right to the throne. The voices of the objects, like the voices of musical instruments, build the melody of the composition. This tune becomes its content.
• The traditional graphics language – the language of the conditioned space and chamber color rows noticeably expands the range of its capabilities in the works of Ksenia Lavrova. The harmony of the two fundamental, and at the same time difficultly compatible, graphic elements of lines and ornament is remarkable. The ornamental arrangement of the image’s plane is thought out and organic. The elegance of the compositional decisions, seemingly simple and obvious, is captivating by the conciseness and expressiveness of the result. Does everything mentioned above allow us to speak about the innovative nature of this artist’s work? Is it possible, within the framework of this artistic style, to create a painting with any, including any modern, theme. In other words, is this style sufficiently universal to be called a style? We will definitely search for the answer to this question in every new painting of the artist Ksenia Lavrova. ©

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Ksenia Lavrova was born in Saint Petersburg in 1967. In 1990 she graduated from the Academy of Stieglitz (formerly LVHPU named after.V. Muhina). In 2005 she graduated from faculty sinology of the Oriental Institute.  Ksenia Lavrova is an artist with a wide range of creative skills. Active in various genres from design to book illustration, and graphic arts. Since 1994 she is a member of the Artists’ Union of Saint Petersburg. The artist Ksenia Lavrova lives and work in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

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Painting by Ksenia Lavrova in the exhibition of the Salon “Art Capital” 2015, (Paris).

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Salon “Art en Capital” 2012, (Paris). Continuing

ARTISTS AND ARTWORKS

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais (English: Great Palace) exhibition hall was opened in 1900 by two major art exhibitions: Centennale, a retrospective exhibition of French art of the 19th century, and Décennale, devoted to the work of artists of the last decade. Artworks by Rodin, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, impressionists: Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Degas and others began the exhibition history of the vast domed hall Grand Palais. Probably, few thought back then that under this glass dome, would pass the entirety of world painting of the 20th century. These walls have seen Cezanne and Picasso, here the voices of Chagall and Modigliani were heard, here sounded their painting… The aura of the place, its energy is enormous. This room must be seen not on exhibition opening day, but the day before, when artworks are being hanged, when it is vast and empty. Rows of paintings along the walls in the twilight of standby lighting, they will come to life tomorrow, but so far they are silent. In the silence, there are only the steps of workers hanging paintings, the Paris night sky overhead, and someone’s shadows.
•  The Salon “Art en Capital” 2012 exhibition again demonstrated a high degree of selectivity by the jury in choosing the artworks. The exposition, composed from works of a professional class, free from the amateurism of contemporary art shows, is impressive, equally whole and strong. The large presence of artists from around the world not only gives this art-show a formal international status, but also advances it into one of the most important annual gatherings of world visual art. As evidence of the fast growing influence of the Salon “Art en Capital” in the world – a significant presence in the exhibition this year of artists from Japan and Russia, countries with traditionally high artistic culture. In addition to the multi-ethnic nature of this art exhibition, the stylistic aspects also attracted much attention. The exposure, free from pop-art junk, did not seem too diverse in style. To speak of a formation of a grand style is premature, but strong centrifugal tendencies were no longer felt. Perhaps the world fashion for stylistically shocking artworks is coming to an end, which would be a great boon to contemporary visual art.
•  The exhibition again showed some old ills as well. First of all, is the obviously long-drawn-out crisis of the figurative genre. A nontrivial, with good artistic taste, figurative composition remains a rarity. The embrace of Munch and Klimt was surprisingly strong and firmly holds modern masters within the artistic achievements of the middle of last century. Perhaps a cruel joke  was played by years of attempts to solve the problem of the present by stylistic frills, ignoring the search for new meanings. The section on graphics and especially sculpture seemed, in this respect, preferable. There arose the feeling that outside the window is the 21 century. Surrounded by artistic canvases, our time and our life today looked through with difficulty. The irony is that this hall became famous by the ultra-modern scenes of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, that exploded the once dietary academicism. Perhaps it may be time to recall these traditions?
•  Among the artworks of the presented Russian artists, stood out the painting of artists from the older generation – Givi Siproshvili and Eugene Yali. Refined, with subtle humor, the plot portrait of a Georgian peasant (“One more for the road”) and the cosmic space in an unusual perspective of the Russian steppe landscape (“Steppe”) appeared excellent at the Paris art exhibition. The great success of St. Petersburg artist Anastasia Vostrezova – the Silver Medal for the classic plot “La Bayadere”, was a joyous occasion for all Russian participants. The Moscow-like warm “Coffeemania” of Alena Philippi-Kargalskoy attracted much attention. Interesting were the artistic metaphors of Rinat Sharafutdinova and Andrei Shustov, and the impressionism of Aleksandr Fayvisovich. Russian artists in Paris is also a tradition, one long-forgotten, but not yet gone. ©

Artworks by Russian artists presented at the exhibition can be viewed in journal’s section “EXHIBITIONS”. For a photo report of a few days in Paris, see the section “PHOTO ESSAY”.

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ARTWORKS

The bronze artwork by Melanie Quentin  (France)

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“Rue de Paris” by Agnes Guillon  (France)

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“Le reflux” by Daniel Bergez  (France)

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“Cote d’albatre VI” by Emmanuel Lemardele  (France)

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Impressive dynamic composition by  Francine Toulemonde  (France)

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“Pause pigeons” by Eric Peaudecerf  (France)

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“La nuit” by Gelis  (France)

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“Ascese” by Louise Girardin  (France)

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“Femme enceinte” by Benjamin Georgeaud  (France)

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“Nouvel an – Maiko de Gion” by Takayuki Uno  (Japan)

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“Nu masculin n1” by Marie-Jeanne Buffetrille  (France)

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“Le crepuscule de l’ete” by Keiko Yoda  (Japan)

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“Faucon en vol” by Madeleine Van Der Knoop  (Belgium)

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Ex-14To be named.

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“Fruits au pichet vert” by Bernard Londinsky  (France)

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“Dedans dehors” by Richard Gautier  (France)

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“Torse” by Albert Avetisyan  (France)

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“Aigle royal” by Bernadette Planchenault  (France)

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“Pudeur exquise” by Jack Brisset  (France)

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“Intimite IV” by Veronique Laurent Denieuil (France)

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The Graphic Art section.

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The Sculpture section.

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