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A man and a woman

Painting, 1913, 31×23.3 cm

Description of the artwork «A man and a woman»

Small watercolor "Man and woman" according to the memoirs of Oleg Pokrovsky, the disciple of Pavel Filonov, the artist began to write before "Feast of kings" worked six months and finished late. On the "Feast of kings" there are three figures in centre, one of which is female. Is this not the Trinity we see at the top of this picture in the three figures depicted on some semblance of thrones? And kings do not leave nothing at the bottom of the picture, among the cab drivers, strangers and commoners? Lead the procession of the Lord is clearly important, although no difference with fate based on the staff of the wanderer, their importance is not secured, into oblivion leave all. The spatial sense of time is one of the features of analytical art, "invented" by Pavel Filonov.

Noteworthy is the variety in the image perspectives. For "made paintings," as they were called Filonov does not exist a single perspective. On the contrary, we see the image with the positions of all depicted, and the positions of those whom we can not see, plus with different positions of the potential audience – a kind of a battle of perspectives. By the way, a similar idea futurists offered in a different format, saying that their paintings you can and should watch, turning, looking from different sides.

Some researchers, in particular, intercession, interpret this pattern as a tragic song of loneliness, of alienation, which does not save even Eros. But this is not the only possible vision. On multidisciplinary background of the picture clearly are the bright figures of men and women. Their previous version, a little behind where both of them put his hand to his chest, also clearly visible on caricature-cartoon-background environment.

Among the dark houses and disturbing stress-red walls there are two light pieces. Adam and eve of the modern world meet, and the world itself becomes lighter. If we look carefully, we realize that the center of the picture – it is these men and woman who just met each other and felt like adrenaline in my chest beats the heart. Their figures grow over the world around them, from them, as if from the sun, disperses the light. And conspicuous, occupying the foreground of the huge man and woman – that they are the same, past a series of metamorphoses that makes a human being love.

"If he was not talking colors, not yet available to the majority, and words, he would become a lever that would change the whole world, and came to an earthly Paradise"– said Catherine, beloved wife of Pavel Filonov. Only eight years after the painting Filonov will meet the love of your life and make sure that portrayed all right. No, "Man and woman" – not a tragedy of alienation, it is an indication of the way in which alienation ends.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene, Religious scene

Style of art: Analytical realism

Technique: Watercolor, Ink, Feather, Indigo

Materials: Paper, Ink

Date of creation: 1913

Size: 31×23.3 cm

Artwork in selections: 7 selections