Born in the 1906, village of Batalovo, Altai province in 1906. Died in St. Petersburg in 1993. Basmanov was a graphic artist who studied in Altai art studios from 1920 to 1922 and lived and worked in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). His pictorial realism organically combines both the traditions of the Orthodox icon and the reverberations of the post-Suprematist strivings of his day. The artist affirms the timeless world of a “lost” Russia in the “visions” of his Altai childhood as an image of the past and prototype of the future, as an ideal model of the world. “The steppe gave me the horizontal line, the figure in the steppe—the vertical line, and the slopes of the hills—the diagonal line,” said the artist about his works in which the perfect world constructed by him according to the eternal laws of nature is contrasted with the chaos of reality—collectivization, hunger and the repressions of the 1930s.

Strolling in the Steppe - 1933, watercolor on primed paper, State Art Museum of Altayskiy Region

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