Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov

Born in Saratov in 1870. Died in Tarusa in 1905. Borisov-Musatov studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1890–91; 1893–95), at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (1891–93), and later in Paris under Cormon. Together with M.A. Vrubel, he established Russian Symbolism in painting. His creative work is similar to the works of the French group of Nabis artists. The works of Borisov-Musatov, which tend toward the form of panel so characteristic of Art Nouveau, appear to be parts of the same painting and same idea. Though the scene and characters are recognizable, the portrayed image is far from reality—a dream, a reverie of time gone by, of lost harmony. His paintings on coarse canvas, often without priming, emphasize the vagueness of the silhouettes and diffuse colors. His palette is based on the harmonious musical combinations of blues and greens. After an early tragic death, he left his mark in Russian art and his creative work influenced the artists of the Blue Rose Society.

Roofs - 1890s, oil on canvas, Samara Art Museum
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