Pavel Ivanovich Basmanov, Strolling in the Steppe

This work is part of the Basmanov “Promenades” collection. The manner in which the artist ignores proportion, a balance in the dimensions of Sky, Steppe and Man, along with the high angle point of view, and the avoidance of any indications of time, generate an impression of the cosmic unity of the world. The play of colour creates harmony between nature and man. The range of delicate hues in this watercolour, executed with a brush, is reminiscent of a fresco from the Middle Ages, and the brightly coloured earth reminds us of medieval iconography. The elongated silhouettes in the foreground, and the pure and austere hues used for the clothing and the luminous inspirational faces, are in the iconic tradition. The range of colours used to represent the boy and his mother is very symbolic: the scarlet clothes of the women are the colour of blood in a sacrifice; the white and gold that symbolize divine light are introduced into the watercolour by the boy’s white shirt and small halo-shaped yellow hat. Basmanov’s pictorial realism paradoxically combines iconographic traditions and a post-supremacist contemporary quest.

Pavel Ivanovich Basmanov

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