Yuri Larin (1936-2014). Landscape, 1982. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 18.5 inches. Mounted on cardboard sheet measuring 24 x 28 inches. Signed and dated lower left. Excellent condition. Image is painted on verso side of block print wallpaper sheet of Russian manufacture. Sheet is carefully hinged at corners and can be removed from cardboard backing with relative ease.
Estate of Giovanni and Dagmar Migliuolo, NYC. Giovanni Migliuolo is the former Italian Ambassador to the United Nations, USSR and Egypt.
Yuri Larin, also Yuriy Larin (1936–2014) is a Russian painter and graphic artist, a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1977. Larin was born in Moscow to the family of a key Soviet political leader, Nikolay Bukharin, and Anna Larina. Following the arrests of his parents in 1938 and until 1946, he lived with his relatives, and following the arrest of his step-father, he was taken to an orphanage near Stalingrad. A hydraulic engineer by training, he worked at the construction of the Saratov Hydro-Electric Plant and at design institutions. In 1960, he began his studies at the department of drawing and painting of the Krupskaya People’s University of Arts, and then, from 1965 until 1970, he studied at the department of art design at the Moscow State Higher School of Arts and Industry (the former Stroganov Institution). His career as a professional artist began in the early 1970s. From 1970 until 1986, he taught at the Moscow 1905 Memorial Arts School. His letter to prof. Vittorio Strada sent in 1980 contained the first statement of his artistic method he would later dub the “concept of the limit state”. He quit teaching after a serious illness, when he lost the ability to use his right hand. He only worked with his left hand since 1986. He died and was buried in Moscow.
The sixth All-Union watercolor exhibition. Moscow
Personal exhibition in Moscow Drama Theater after M.N.Ermolova (together with Ye.Kravchenko). Moscow.
The eighth All-Union watercolor exhibition. Moscow
The ninth All-Union watercolor exhibition. Moscow.
Personal watercolor exhibition. Gallery “Books&Company Art”, NY, USA
Personal exhibition. The Central House of the Artist on Krymskiy Val, Moscow.
13 Biennale of the countries of the Baltic Region in Rostock, Germany.
Personal exhibition of Russian and German landscapes. Duren, Germany.
The exhibition of the Russian graphics. Gallery «Raissa». Erfurt, Germany.
Personal exhibition in exhibition hall of magazine “Nashe Nasledie” (Russian Cultural Foundation), Moscow
Personal watercolor exhibition. Gallery “The Art of the XX century”.
Personal exhibition of portraits and landscapes. World Bank Moscow Office
Personal exhibition “From Italian cycle”. The State Institute of Art Studies. Moscow
Exhibition “THe Russian Art of the second half of the XX century. Harmony of Contrasts”. The Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation. Moscow.
Personal exhibition “The seasons of Yuriy Larin. From the Russian cycle”. Moscow State Museum of Vadim Sidur.
Exhibition of new collections and gifts. Historical-Architectural and Art Museum “New Jerusalem”. Istra. Moscow region.
Exhibition “Image and transformation in art”. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Russian Federation, Russian Cultural Foundation. Moscow
Personal exhibition “German landscapes in the eyes of the Russian artist”. Gallery “Yunge”, Dortmund, Germany.
Exhibition “East and West”. Historical-Architectural and Art Museum “New Jerusalem”. Istra. Moscow region.
Exhibition devoted to nudes. Gallery on Peschanaya. Moscow.
Personal exhibition “Yuriy Larin. The works of different years”.
Bulgarian Cultural Center, Art-studio “TAGRY”. Moscow.
Personal exhibition “YURIY LARIN. Harmony and plasticity”.
Radischev Saratov State Art Museum.
Personal exhibition “Saint-Pol-de-Mar”. Exhibition hall of Magazine “Nashe Nasledie”. Moscow.
Personal exhibition “Harmony and plasticity. The artist Yuriy Larin’s works”. Museum-reserve Tsaritsyno. Moscow.
Personal exhibition and album presentation. Yuriy Larin “Selected”. Gallery “Kino”. 9-18 October, 2013
Personal exhibition “Yuriy Larin’s space”. State Literature Museum. January, 29 - February, 23
Personal exhibition “The reality of the space lighting” The gallery of Nazarov. Lipetsk. March, 14- April, 11.
Personal exhibition “Yuriy Larin. Monolog of a happy person” State Museum of St.Petersburg’s History. Petropavlovskaya fortress, Nevskaya courtina.July, 30 - September, 13
Personal exhibition “Yuriy Larin. Art- timeless plot. Yaroslavl Art Museum. December, 12, 2015 - February, 18, 2016
Personal exhibition “The geography of light. Art and graphic of Yuriy Larin”. Moscow. Noviy Manej. April. 1 - April, 24, 2016
The State Russian Museum
The State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Museum of Oriental Art
Radischev Art Museum in Saratov
Historical-Architectural and Art Museum “New Jerusalem”
Istra (Moscow Region)
Branch of the State Museum
of People’s Art in Armenia
The Union of Art Museums and the centers of aesthetic education of the republic Udmurtiya
Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts
Tomsk Regional Art Museum
Eastern-Kazakhstan Art Museum
Moscow State Museum of Vadim Sidur
Andrey Sakharov Museum
State Literature Museum
The collection of the magazine “Nashe Nasledie”
The collection of the Heinrich Boell Foundation
As long as Larin’s artistic path was closely associated with the geography of his journeys, the exposition mirrors its major patterns. Pursuing perfect harmonies of light and color as a key challenge he set for himself, Larin deliberately identified his most significant locations. Finding his reference point in the discreet and sometimes monotonous landscapes of the Moscow region, the artist yet strived for rich palettes and diversity, which he started to master in his journeys in the south of Russia, the Caucasus and the Baltics. By the late 1970s, Larin’s concept of “limit state” painting was shaped, which implied a departure from the plein-air approach and relied on the prolonged concentrated and active emotional and sensual reflection of natural motifs. The essence of the relation between the earth and the sky as shown in the nuances of lighting, the nearly mystical relation, as the artist himself believed, came clear to him in a place called Nida in Lithuania, which became his new Mecca.
The exposition would first bring the viewer in front of Larin’s works in various media and genres in the chronological order followed by a biographical film shot by Konstantin Pulyarkin and Alexei Ryumin. One can follow the artist’s path from his early works to more mature landscapes through the peak of creative discoveries following an artistic catharsis during a stay in Nida.
A separate chapter will comprise Larin’s works inspired by his southern and Caucasian journeys, which are not only distinctive in their unique palette combining smoothly goldish ocherous and sky-blue shades but also convey unique spatial dynamics reflecting to the passionate “high-altitude” observation of reality.