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Victor Borisov-Musatov
 
 

Self-Portrait
1905
 
 
Victor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov (Russian: Ви́ктор Эльпидифо́рович Бори́сов-Муса́тов), (April 14 [O.S. April 2] 1870 - November 8 [O.S. October 26] 1905) was a Russian painter, prominent for his unique Post-Impressionistic style that mixed Symbolism, pure decorative style and realism. Together with Mikhail Vrubel he is often referred as the creator of Russian Symbolism style.


Biography

Victor Musatov was born in Saratov, Russia (he added the last name Borisov later). His father was a minor railway official who had been born as a serf. In his childhood he suffered a spinal injury, which made him humpbacked for the rest of his life. In 1884 he entered Saratov real school, where his talents as an artist were discovered by his teachers Fedor Vasiliev and Konovalov.

He was enrolled in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1890, transferring the next year to the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint-Petersburg, where he was a pupil of Pavel Chistyakov. The damp climate of Saint-Petersburg was not good for Victor's health and in 1893 he was forced to return to Moscow and re-enroll to the Moscow School of painting, sculpturing and architecture. His earlier works like May flowers, 1894 were labelled decadent by the school administration, who sharply criticised him for making no distinction between the girls and the apple trees in his quest for a decorative effect. The same works however were praised by his peers, who considered him to be the leader of the new art movement.

In 1895 Victor once again left Moscow School of painting, sculpturing and architecture and enrolled in Fernand Cormon's school in Paris. He studied there for three years, returning in summer months to Saratov. He was fascinated by the art of his French contemporaries, and especially by the paintings of "the father of French Symbolism" Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and by the work of Berthe Morisot.

In 1898 Borisov-Musatov returned to Russia and almost immediately fell into what it is called "fin de siècle nostalgia". He complained about "the cruel, the truly iron age", "dirt and boredom", "devil's bog", and he had acute money problems that were somewhat alleviated only in the last years of his life when collectors started to buy his paintings. Musatov's response was creating a half-illusory world of the 19th century nobility, their parks and country-seats. This world was partially based on the estate of princes Prozorvky-Galitzines Zubrilovka and partially just on Musatov's imagination. Borisov-Musatov also abandoned oil-paintings for the mixed tempera and watercolor and pastel techniques that he found more suitable for the subtle visual effects he was trying to create.

Borisov-Musatov was a member of the Union of Russian Artists and one of the founders and the leader of the Moscow Association of Artists, a progressive artistic organization that brought together Pavel Kuznetsov, Peter Utkin, Alexander Matveyev, Martiros Saryan, Nikolai Sapunov, and Sergei Sudeikin.

The most famous painting of that time is The Pool, 1902. The painting depicts two most important women in his life: his sister, Yelena Musatova and his bride (later wife), artist Yelena Alexandrova. The people are woven into the landscape of an old park with a pond.

Another famous painting is The Phantoms. 1903 depicting ghosts on the steps of an old country manor. The painting was praised by the contemporary Symbolist poets Valery Bryusov and Andrey Bely.

In 1904 Borisov-Musatov had a very successful solo exhibition in a number of cities in Germany, and in the spring of 1905 he exhibited with Salon de la Société des Artistes Français and became a member of this society.

The last finished painting of Borisov-Musatov was Requiem. Devoted to the memory of Nadezhda Staniukovich, a close friend of the artist, the painting may indicate Borisov-Musatov's evolution towards the Neo-classical style.

Borisov-Musatov died on October 26, O.S. 1905 of a heart attack and is buried on a bank of Oka River near Tarusa. On his tomb there is a sculpture of a sleeping boy by Musatov's follower Alexander Matveyev.

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Self-portrait






Self-Portrait with sister, 1898






The Emerald Necklace





The Pool, 1902




The Pool. Sketch





May Flowers, 1894




Agave, 1897




Dame in a Rocking Chair, 1897




Two Dames, 1899




Spring, 1898-1901




Daphnis and Chloe. 1901


 



Phantoms, 1903




Portrait of Nadezhda Stanyukovich, 1903




Autumn Song. 1905




Requiem. 1905

 
 
 
 

Portrait of a Lady
1902


Bluebells


Silence
1900


Boy Seated
1901


Autumn Mood





Lady in Blue


Three Ladies on the Terrace


Lady in a Garden
1903


Young Girl with a Necklace


A Walk in the Park
1904


Spring Tale
Sketch for a panel
1904-1905


Summer Melody
Sketch for a panel
1904-1905




A Girl in the Sunlight



Autumn motif
1899






Harmony





Young Girl on the Balcony





Tapestry
1901

 
 
 
 


The last day


Lady Seated against a Tapestry
1903



Flowers




Still Life with Flowers




Still Life with Flowers





Portrait of Nadezhda Stanyukovich


Shepherds tending a flock at night
1895


Walpurgisnacht
1905


Cherry Trees in Bloom





A Lady at Needlepoint
1901






The Last Ray of the Setting Sun






A Walk
1901







Woman in Blue






A Lady Sitting in an Armchair






Still Life






A Tree






Walk at Sunset
1903








The Manor at Zubrilovka
1903






In the Park






A Garden Path
1904






The Manor in Vvedenskoye






Reflections of Sunset






A Woman Wearing a Yellow Shawl
1904



 



In the Shade of the Pine




 



Portrait of a Lady in Blue



 



Slumber Divine
Sketch for a fresco from the series "Seasons"
1904-1905


 



Autumn Evening
Sketch for panel
1904-1905






Hazelnut Bush






On the Balcony






Garlands of Corn Flowers

 
 
 

 
 
 
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