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Maker(s):Bulatov, Erik Vladimirovich
Culture:Russian (b.1933)
Date Made:ca. 1960-1970
Materials:Pencil on heavy paper
Measurements:Sheet: 12 3/16 x 17 1/16 in.; 31.0 x 43.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.62
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
After graduating from art school in 1958, Bulatov sought to free himself of the official doctrine of Socialist Realism. In the artist’s autobiographical notes, he recalled that this process lasted until 1963, when he felt that his work had finally come to exclude extrinsic ideas. In his search for “real” (rather than officially sanctioned) art, Bulatov met the Russian avant-garde artists Robert Fal’k and Vladimir Favorskii, who sparked his interest in the structure and spiritual dimensions of images. In the 1970s, Bulatov belonged to the Moscow conceptualist artistic movement that subverted Soviet ideology and aesthetics.

In the early 1960s, when he made this drawing, Bulatov was concerned with principles of light and space independent of figurative motifs. Although the drawing evokes trees moved by wind, the arrangement of light and dark appears abstract, creating an imaginary inaccessible depth.
MW, 2010

trees; nature; wind; lines; monochrome

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