Edouard Zelenine, The Man Violin

There are certain surrealist elements in the work of Edouard Zelenine. His "Man Violin" seen here is the incarnation of a poetic metaphor which is not without a certain slightly mannered elegance. The combination of portrait, landscape, the infinitely large and small and the still life forms a panoply of artistic symbolism not unlike that of Magritte's. A metaphor commonly found in the work of Zelenine is that of a brightly coloured butterfly against a background of snow-covered Russian countryside.

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