Autumn Evening by Victor Borisov-Musatov

Autumn Evening by Victor Borisov Musatov

The logic of Borisov-Musatov’s way dictated his inevitable appeal to monumental art. His increasingly “decorative”, his musicality, his adherence to the plane – all this had to be realized sooner or later in the wall paintings.

This was understood by the most perspicacious contemporaries. “This sensitive decorator,” wrote A. Benu, “should have provided the walls for the painting, only then could he develop all his understanding of colors.” But Borisov-Musatov did not sing for himself in this area, although in the last year of his life he was given the opportunity to work in this field. In 1904 he received an order for four paintings for a private Moscow mansion.

The theme of the paintings was designated as “The Seasons”. The artist created watercolor sketches of frescoes – these sketches are among his best works. Their basic principle is correlated with the words spoken by the artist himself: “The infinite melody found by Wagner in music is also in painting.” In frescoes this motif is an endless, monotonous, dispassionate, without angles line. ” The work was preceded by brief descriptions of the idea, reminiscent of poems in prose. We present to the attention of the reader two of the four sketches of Borisov-Musatov – “Autumn Evening” and “Dream of the Deity”, 1905.

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