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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Veisberg, Vladimir
Culture:Russian (1924-1985)
Title:Five Glasses
Date Made:1963
Materials:Oil on canvas
Measurements:Frame: 25 3/8 x 28 3/8 in.; 64.5 x 72.1 cm; Stretcher: 24 1/2 x 27 3/4 in.; 62.2 x 70.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.435
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
Veisberg never left the Soviet Union; he spent his entire career teaching drawing in the studios of the Moscow Architectural Institute. At the storied 1962 Manege exhibition, authorities quickly dismissed one of Veisberg’s paintings, of a nude, as “pornography.”

Veisberg’s analytical, systematic exploration of space and color distinguishes his work from contemporary styles and systems, although his compositions bear comparison with paintings by Italian minimalist Giorgio Morandi.

The Mead’s canvas foreshadows the monochromatic zenith of Veisberg’s artistic career by presenting five jars, rendered in pale colors against a dark, thinly painted background. “I am not afraid to free myself of color,” he once asserted. Here, the quiet, meditative composition seems to resonate with the harmonic stillness of the objects.
MW, 2010

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