Signed lower left, 'Burliuk' for David Davidovich Burliuk (Russian, 1882-1967) and painted circa 1925.
Displayed in a substantial carved and gilt-wood frame. Framed dimensions: 40 x 32 inches.
A large, early twentieth-century oil still-life showing Chrysanthemums informally arranged in a Venetian glass vase and contrasted against a warm, scumbled background of olive, buff and rose.
Often referred to as the 'father of Russian Futurism', David Davidovich Burliuk was influential as an artist, art critic and poet whose works were central to the Russian Avant-garde movement. He challenged- and even physically fought- convention, before the natural delights of his adopted home on Long Island helped temper his rebellious spirit. Born into a privileged class of Russian society, Burliuk first studied at the Kazan School of Fine Arts and, subsequently, at the Odessa Art School, the Royal Academy in Munich and, finally, in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. His early works were fauve-like, "violent in color and heavy with paint". It was during this formative period that he exhibited as a founding member with the 'Blue Rider' in Munich (1912) and as a founding member of 'Der Sturm'.
In 1911, Burliuk was expelled from the Moscow Institute for 'breaking with artistic tradition'. With other Futurists, he undertook a public campaign with lectures, journals and films--all focused on amplifying the craziness and mechanization of modern, industrial life. With the advent of World War I, he left Russia and traveled for four years including to Siberia, Japan, and the South Seas. In 1922, with the Soviet revolution established in Russia and his artistic freedom circumscribed, he moved to America, settling on Long Island where he continued to paint and exhibit for the rest of his life.
David Burliuk's subjects ranged from neo-primitive paintings to peasant life in Russia to futurist depictions of South Sea fishermen. Much of his painting in Russia vanished in the Russian Revolution. Throughout his life, Burliuk was innovative, energetic and upbeat. In the United States, he developed his "radio style", a synthesis of Symbolism, Neo-Primitivism, and Expressionism.
Over the course of a long career, Burliuk was the recipient of numerous prizes, medals and juried awards. He exhibited with success internationally and his work is held in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including the Guggenheim, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Phillips Collection; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg; the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid; and in Japan's National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto. In 1967, the year of his death, David Burliuk was honored posthumously by induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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2009 Futurism and After: David Burliuk 1882-1967, Ukrainian Museum, New York (solo)
2008 Futurism and After: David Burliuk, 1882-1967, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg,
2008 A Time to Gather..., The Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg (group)
2003 The Russian Avant Garde, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2001 Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, Russia (group)
2000 David Burliuk, 'The Father of Russian Futurism, The State Russian Museum
1974 Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York (solo)
1966 Grosvenor Gallery, London, England (solo)
1966 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941–61 ACA Galleries, New York, New York (solo)
1959 Stadtische Galerie und Lenbachgalerie, Munich, Germany (solo)
1958 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (solo
1949 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1939–1947 Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
1943–1946 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1943-1946 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1944 Casson Galleries, Boston, MA (solo)
1939 Soyer Galleries, New York, New York (solo)
1939 Paintings and Watercolors by David Burliuk, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
The Tacoma Art Association, Tacoma, WA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Philip Boyer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1937 The Philips Collection