Vladimir Nemukhin, Seven of diamonds

-Vladimir Nemukhin: born in Moscow in 1925;began drawing as a child;his teachers were Piotr Sokolov and Pavel Kuznetsov. He worked full time in a factory for many years and painted in spare time; in 1957 he stopped working and entered the Surikov Art Institute but was shortly expelled for his "nonconformist ideas". He continued and is now considered as a great master of The New Russian Avant-Garde.

"Later I enrolled in the evening section of the All-Union Central Trade Union Council Art School, where I studied for three years. During those years my accomplishments grew, thanks to my work in the life class, but as I worked on landscapes from life I became less and less enthusiastic about Cubism. Environment played its part too. Not a single one of the students painting around me depicted objects outside the context of their literal purpose in life, in ordinary, physical life. If it was a table, it was placed in a room and not in some space of the artist's own invention. Thus it came about that under the influence of my work from life and the atmosphere of my surroundings, by the end of the 1940's, Cubism and my other youthful passions had been cast aside.

I was painting in a manner that had nothing in common with either Cubism or Impressionism. Perhaps my old enthusiasm did continue to play a part and was somehow reflected in my pictures, but there was no direct connection. It was only in 1956 that my acquaintance with Rabin and his first experiments revived in me the memory of my beginnings and made me reappraise the entire course my work had taken. The International Exhibition at the 1957 Festival of Youth and students in Moscow finally convinced me that I needed to revise my creative attitudes and that I ought sincerely to regret that I had not continued along the course I had commenced in 1943.

In the pictures displayed at that exhibition I recognized myself and my youthful aspirations".

Vladimir Nemukhin

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