David Davidovich Burliuk, A Village

In 1917 and 1918, David Burliuk lived with his family in the village of Iglino, near Ufa (Bashkir). A Village, influenced by the painting of Vincent Van Gogh, shows the spring mud in the streets of an impoverished Bashkir village. In this work by Burliuk, the very simple and somewhat dreary theme is enlivened by the thick paint application that typifies his style. The sky and the snow covering the earth appear to be made of the same substance. In his depiction of the snow, or more precisely the ruts in the road, the painter unleashes every colour in his palette.
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c. 1917
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