Alexander Davidovich Drevin, Outskirts

Drevin’s painterly style is always recognizable. As in Gazelles, everything in this canvas is based on a single substance, a single coloured mass transfigured by light emanating from within. By condensing, swirling and spreading, this substance creates, through its movement, a variety of shapes that represent nature. It is out of this single pictorial substance that the ghost-like white house appears, apparently on the brink of vanishing into thin air once again. According to V.V. Starodubova, a specialist in Drevin’s work, this strange ghost is a real building that still exists today at the far end of Tchistoproudnyi Boulevard.
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