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Maker(s):Dobuzhinsky, Mstislav
Culture:Russian, Lithuanian (1875 - 1957)
Date Made:1904
Materials:Gouache and pencil on paper mounted on board
Place Made:Tambov oblast', Kirsanovskii uezd
Measurements:Sheet: 113/4 x 147/1 in.; 29.8 x 36.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.100
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
In his memoirs, Dobuzhinskii describes how he found a “golden pretzel on a village bakery” during a visit to his mother in the Tambov region, south of Moscow, in 1904. The artist was looking for “curious motifs,” as he puts it, and he continues to describe the elements that drew his attention: “carved graveyard gates with columns topped with tin bulbs, little houses with green roofs and steel lace on the chimneys . . .” The view in this drawing contains all these elements in a slightly different setting.

Dobuzhinskii joined the World of Art in 1901. While he was a talented draftsman and made graphic contributions to Mir Iskusstva and other journals, he also produced views of the places he visited. The ease and velocity with which he drew them is apparent in this drawing, which renders a vivid impression of the provincial town.

BJ, 2013

villages; architecture; lighting; signs; bakeries; pretzels

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