"Queue for wine" by Vladimir Titov

"Soviet society is an art form in itself" declared Vadimir Titov. Yet his paintings, including those of the Lili Brochetain Collection, are those of the non-conformist movement which contain perhaps the least social criticism of all.

Titov's paintings are executed very freely, in extremely delicate colours and in a style which could be described as baroque and grotesque. The living surface of the painting is mobile and colourful, ressembling a precious sort of mud, inhabited only by the homeless, beggars, drunkards, mad people and prostitutes. According to Titov, their inarticulate discourse and agitated movements bear witness to the presence of a "living life" whether it be in Moscow or in Paris.

Olga Medvedkova
(translated by Kate Viggers)

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