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The Illusion of the American Frontier

From 03 November 2015 to 07 February 2016

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Edward S. Curtis
An Oasis in the Badlands (detail), 1905
Photography, gelatin silver. 15.2 x 20.2 cm
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Mikhail Larionov
The Baker
Oil on canvas
107 x 102 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 637 (1979.5)

More information about this work

The exhibition entitled Jack of Diamonds opened in Moscow in 1910. The name was coined by Larionov , whose works were shown alongside those of several avant-garde Russian artists such as Goncharova , Mashkov and Konchalovski , who shared his aim of blending French Cubism, German Expressionism and indigenous primitive culture . However, this revival of primitive popular roots in art led them to draw inspiration not from distant cultures, as the European avant-garde did, but from local folk art . The installation of the exhibition, with the works crowded together and on several levels, was equally provocative . Indeed, as Bowlt and Misler state, “they turned the exhibition into exhibitionism.”

As Evgenia Petrova explains , Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova were the first to allow themselves to scorn the correct manner of representing the world and to incorporate distorted figures and bright colours , which were “traditionally used by wood carvers and the craftsmen who painted distaffs, toys, and the doors and lintels of houses.” Larionov furthermore began to develop an interest in representing certain trades or “prototypes,” one of which is the Baker in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.

Paloma Alarcó

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