M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
DAVID DAVIDOVICH CHERSON
Russian / American
"WOMAN BATHING IN A STREAM"
Mixed Media on Rough Panel
Signed BURLIUK Lower Right
Housed in a 22K giltwood custom Prendergast style frame
Museums: 29, including Smithsonian American Art
Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Brooklyn Museum of Art;
Whitney Museum of American Art;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by Myron Lyzon King, Sr.
David Burliuk was
such good friends with Myron Lyzon King, Sr, that he called him his 4th son.
Appraised in 1993
by Rod Hardy (Hardy & Halprern, Inc.)
Note:This painting is a
re-interpretation of portion of Manet’s “Luncheon
”, with a female figure
in a nightdress bathing in a stream, that
portion also citing Rembrandt’s portrait of his common-law wife
in a stream in her nightdress. Each was considered shocking and “roughly
painted” in its time.
painting was even considered a sketch, although no finished painting has
been found. Burliuk has
this theme, more directly from Manet’s "Luncheon" in a 20th
century manner, on a small rough panel.
Please refer to the
Some small unretouched flakes to the trees and
ground; no flaking to the figure
Manet, Luncheon on the Grass, also Known as The
Picnic (”Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe”)
1862-1863, Oil on Canvas (Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn, Hendrickje
Bathing in a River, 1654
Oil on panel, 61.8 x 47 cm, (National
David Burliuk was an important
Russian/American early avant-garde painter. His work ranges from fauvist
paintings from his Russian roots, to more lyrical Van
Gogh-influenced works, as well as symbolic and expressionist paintings
executed in this country after his immigration in 1922.
Burliuk studied at the Kazan School of
Fine Arts, Odessa, in Moscow, Munich, and in Paris at the école des Beaux
He was a founding member of "Die Blaue Reiter" (The Blue
Riders), and "Sturm" with Picasso, Kandinsky, 1910-14. His
housed in 29 American museums, including the Whitney, Smithsonian,
Guggenheim, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
of his Russian works disappeared during the Russian Revolution.
Reviewer Oleh Sydor-Hibelynda, in an
article discussing a Burliuk exhibition in Kiev, remarked, "In America, he
known as the American Van Gogh."
In 1949-50, Burliuk authored a special research on the works of Van
Gogh in Arles.
works remain in essence both Russian and poetic.
- Millicent Ford Creech
place: Kharkov, Russia
place: Northampton, NY
Addresses: Hampton Bays, L.I., NY
Profession: Painter, lecturer, writer, educator
Studied: A. School. in Kazan, Odessa, Munich, Paris & Moscow.
Exhibited: Societe Anonyme, 1924; Whitney Museum of American
Art, 1926-46; J.B. Neumann Gallery, 1927; Morton Gallery, 1928;
Dorothy Paris Gallery, 1933-35; California Palace of the Legion of
Honor 1931; Philip Boyer Gallery, 1935-39; Phillips Collection,
1937; Corcoran Gallery, 1939-47; ACA Gallery, 1941-61; Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Art, 1943-46, 1949-50, 1958, 1966; Havana, Cuba,
1955; E. Raboff A. Gallery, Los Angeles; Society of Independent
Artists; Art Institute of Chicago
Member: National Institute of Arts and Letters
Work: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art;
Brooklyn Museum; Boston Museum of Fine Art; Phillips Collection;
Yale Univeristy; Philadelphia Museum of Art
Comments: Russian modernist painter who came to the U.S. in
1922, via Siberia, Japan and the South Seas. Founder-Member: Der
Blaue Reiter" and "Sturm" together with Kandinsky, F. Mark, 1910-14;
with Mayakovsky and Kamiensky "Cubo-Futurism," 1911. Co-publisher
(with Mary Burliuk), of the art magazine Color and Rhyme, 1930s. Author: special research on "Van Gogh in Arles," 1949-50.
Pres., Burliuk Art Gallery, Hampton Bays, NY (summers). Marlor gives
place of death as Southampton, L.I., NY.
Sources: WW66; 300 Years of
American Art, 785; Falk, Exhibition Record Series
Founder Member "Die Blaue
Reiter" and "Sturm" with Picasso, Kandinsky 1910--14
From 1923 exhibited Brooklyn Museum, Sesquicentennial Philadelphia
One man show at Gallerie Maeght, Paris 1962
Became a USA citizen in 1930
1963 One-man Show at ACA Gallery, 63 E. 57th St. NYC
Selected Museum Collections :
The Mattatuck Museum of the Mattutuck Historical Society
Addison Gallery of American Art
Arizona State University Art Museum
Ball State University Museum of Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Cheekwood Museum of Art & Botanical Garden
Delaware Art Museum
Frederick R Weisman Art Museum
Lowe Art Museum
Michelson Museum of Art
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Museum of Art at Brigham Young University
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Neuberger Museum of Art
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University
Saint Joseph College Art Gallery
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
Smithsonian American Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and
The Parrish Art Museum
The Phillips Collection
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
University of Wyoming Art Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art
Yale University Art
ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
David Burliuk was a central figure
in the history of the Russian avant-garde movement as an
accomplished poet, art critic, and exhibition organizer. "He was
one of the world's first hippies, and painted the words 'I Burliuk'
on his forehead and stood on street corners reciting poetry."
He was born into a privileged class of Russian society. His wife
was educated with the Czar's children, and he was well positioned to
become an artistic leader. Burliuk studied at the Kazan School of
Fine Arts in 1898 and then studied in Odessa, Moscow, Munich, and in
Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. His early works were fauve-like,
"violent in color and heavy with paint" and were exhibited with the
Blue Riders in Munich.
In Russia, as a breaker of artistic tradition, he was expelled in
1911 from the Moscow Institute. With other futurists, he undertook
a public campaign with lectures, journals and films--all focused on
the craziness of modern, industrial life.
With the advent of World War I, he left Russia and traveled for four
years including to Siberia, Japan, and the South Seas. To start all
over again, he moved to America in 1922 and settled on Long Island
where he continued to paint until his death there in 1967.
His subjects range from neo-primitive paintings to peasant life in
Russia to futurist depictions of South Sea fishermen. Much of his
painting in Russia vanished in the Russian Revolution. Throughout
his life, Burliuk was innovative, energetic and upbeat. In the
United States, he developed his "radio style", a style that involved
symbolism, neo-primitivism, and expressionism. "But Burliuk's early
work in pre-revolutionary experimental art was his most creative."
Source: Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of
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