PORTRAIT OF IGOR VASILJEV.
19.04 - 20.05.2016
Igor Vasiljev. Portrait of Igor Vasiljev.
19/04 - 20/05/2016
There is no art genre that is more easier, but at the same time is more complex than a portrait. Since the beginning of ancient times men was trying to get to know himself and the others. Given that self-knowledge begins with the assessment of external appearance, and only later of the inner world, as the content of external form, a portrait appears in the cultural field.
The artists world view, his creative style, attitude of artist towards a model and the model 's inner world, psychology of the fixed time, the social and cultural details – all these give us the overall experience of a portrait. The elements used by the artist are: composition, theme, colors, dynamic, artist’s brush strokes, lines, model facial and figure features and so on.
So the portrait - it is a dialogue between the artist and the model, at the same time it is static past and the movement of time, art and a true reflection of reality, fusing experience and the creation of new knowledge.
The point of exhibition "Portrait of Igor Vasiljev" is to show how the personality of the painter, his rebellious and adventurous nature, fate, cultural and historical moment of time in which he lived and created, reflected in the portraits, and self-portraits as a kind of portrait, of the young artist.
Art Gallery Canvas.
Ljubica Miljkovic for the exhibition catalog.
Ljubica Miljković, in catalog article, exploring the life and creative path of Igor Vasiljev from birth to the tragic death, writes:
(Igor Vasiljev) "He was a versatile talent. Outstanding artist - painter and draftsman; a good pianist and singer; deft and fearless athlete ready for various stunts; an excellent student, who has lost the right to study at the Academy because it allegedly failed to comply with the program; moral and courageous Russian who has not agreed to be a spy of KGB, so that is why he was in jail; dutiful son, a gentle father, a loyal friend ... He died too early, in 25, but his soul goes on to live in artistic circles.
Igor intensely painted since 1948, and his solo exhibitions took place in Belgrade and Zagreb (1953), where he got excellent critics from the most eminent experts.
He started with the intimacy, poetic realism and interpretations of Van Gogh's legacy, and soon reached the critical expressionism, symbolism and aesthetics of ugliness. His life is completely turned into art, and vice versa.
He processed all the motives and continually researched plastic material. The basic means of his artistic expression were equally pictorial and graphic quality, expressive power of color and drawing, rich texture and transparent surfaces. Art was his instrument to fight against the cruelty of time, but at the end he eventually succumbed to storm and reflected its unrest, doubts, disappointments, fears...
Portraits and self-portraits testify to the premature maturity of Igor Vasiljev, who was affected by a number of different factors. Pedja Ristić, his friend from youth, noticed: In prison Igor found what its called "the lower depths", not in the novel, but in real life. And there, in addition to his green demons, he saw many other ugliness and freaks... With this early gained experience Igor became a great psychologist . At the same time, he was an honest man who does not yield the tastes of no his models no the necessity of a positive critique. He felt responsible for himself and his art. He didn’t took people superficially, but found in them their innermost nature, all those details that would become a common feature of the majority and the scream of the time. His plastic resources stemmed from already experienced, sympathetically accepted or mockingly taken ugliness, even taken through suffering due to inability to affect to anything with his art. This way Igor revealed in himself different natures, conditions, spirits.
Portraits created by Igor Vasiljev are the convincing testimonies of the personalities that attracted his attention, of himself, of art of controversial society in transition. They painted spontaneously and with true inspiration. Refined pigments, strong coloristic orchestration, tonal gradations, aquarelle airy or laminate layers of color, even the texture relief that bodes the enjoyment in a substance in a Informel way. Only a few of paintings belong to intimacy and poetic realism, some – to distinctive fauvism, and the most – to expressionism with the distinctive foothold in that so-called Nordic style. They distinguish its creator as an exceptional portraitist whose art reaches peaks of art in Serbia and former Yugoslavia. Igor was the artist who believed that he has ideas for entire century of painting and even more. In this assures us the fact that through all his life he continually searching for essences of art and life. Did he ever find the answers? Did he reached the point of the Absolute? All that was the point of discussing by prominent art historians and theorists of art, art critics and artists. Yet the truth remains hidden because we can hardly find out the only truth, about ourselves.»
Curator of National Museum in Belgrade.
We are ready for the exhibition opening.
18 April, 2016
Exhibition opening night.
19 April, 2016
Photo: Vuk Kolarevic
Press about exhibition.
April - Maj, 2016
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