1927, Volnovka (Krasnodar Region) — 2015, Moscow

Under the Old Apple-Tree


Dmitry Zhilinsky often manifested his creative aspirations in portraiture. One of the idiosyncrasies of his art was his habit of depicting in the concrete not the fleeting, but the most important element of a man’s personality. Zhilinsky preferred clear, collected and intellectual images. He was inspired by the art of the Old Masters, particularly the early Italian Renaissance and Old Russian painting. The artist openly addresses the art of the past in his modern images: «I love exactness of expression and completeness of form — in my own understanding of these words, of course.» Zhilinsky’s works are distinguished by their pure and decorative tones, melodious lines, plastic silhouettes and harmonic compositions. The artist’s painting technique was also unusual; he frequently worked in tempera on levkas, lending a colourist sublimity to his works. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 362.

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