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Maker(s):Larionov, Mikhail
Culture:Russian, born in Moldova, Russian Empire (1881-1964)
Title:Landscape with Wagon (Paysage. Etude)
Date Made:ca. 1909
Materials:Oil on canvas laid on fiberboard
Measurements:Frame: 37 1/16 x 37 1/16 in.; 94.1 x 94.1 cm; Board: 28 3/8 x 27 5/8 in.; 72.1 x 70.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.20
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
This painting belongs to Larionov’s brief Fauve period, in which he worked with intensive colors and energetic brushstrokes. Russian artists became acquainted with this style through an exhibition of modern French painting in Moscow that Larionov helped organize. In Landscape he merely indicates the details of the landscape and objects. Dark contours keep the bursts of paint within their designated shapes. Larionov’s motifs reveal his interest in Russian everyday life, which he represents here in an agricultural scene.

Landscape includes early indicators of two artistic movements that Larionov elaborated on around 1912. The abstract details and ray-like brushstrokes appear to anticipate the artist’s turn toward his nonfigurative style, called Rayism. The simplified forms and bright colors point to his Neo-primitivist work.
BJ, 2014

abstract; landscapes; carts; sunshine

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