1882, Voronye (Penza Gubernia) - 1943, Moscow

Churches. New Jerusalem


  • oil on canvas. 100 x 100
  • ЖБ-1489

  • Пост. в 1929 из ГТГ

Churches. New Jerusalem was one of a series of works inspired by the New Jerusalem Monastery outside Moscow. A typical example of Aristarkh Lentulov’s painterly plastics, it combines rich colours with dynamic and “vortex” forms. The artist smashes the Old Russian architecture into bright fragments decoratively similar to an original mosaic panel; every brushstroke rings out like a piece of smalt. Velimir Khlebnikov noted the revolutionary spirit of Lentulov’s art: “Steeples with high apertures bowed, like a man fractured by a stick suddenly stooping and clutching at his stomach or an ear of corn broken in several places ... The storm passed through his painting; one day it will pass through life and will smash many steeples.”

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