This book accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of works by Boris Chetkov in the United Kingdom. Re-imagining Russia, during Russian Art Week, presents the artist through his landscape and genre paintings.The vibrant and colourful pictures in this volume will introduce readers to his energetic and wide-ranging oeuvre. Theodora Clarke discusses the artist's life and work and places Chetkov in the context of Modernism and Russian art after World War II.
Theodora Clarke is Editor of the arts magazine, Russian Art and Culture, and Director of Russian Art Week in London. A renowned curator, art historian and critic on Russian art, she lectures widely on European modernism and the avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century.Theodora studied for her MA in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and formerly worked for Christie's Auction House and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Boris Chetkov was born to paint, with a passion and an unbending desire to show his art to the world. He understood his calling not just with his mind, but with his heart and soul, and he followed his path relentlessly. His career took him from rural Russia, through Stalin's gulag, to the museums of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and famous private collections. He struggled against artistic oppression during the Soviet Era, but was rewarded in the twilight of life with international exhibitions, recognition and success.
In his lifetime Boris Chetkov painted hundreds of canvases in many styles and genres from landscapes and still lifes to portraits, equestrian scenes and abstractions. All of these are generously represented in this volume containing over one hundred of his masterworks, accompanied by Dr. Alexander Borovsky's writings on the artist.
With the publication of Boris Chetkov: Across All Barriers, The Pushkin Group continues with the fifth in its series of titles introducing outstanding and unknown Russian artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Fortunately, Boris Chetkov did not suffer the almost total oblivion that was the lot of his predecessors. Now in his twilight years, he is recognized as the leading modernist of late twentieth century in Russian art. A native of St. Petersburg, his works have been exhibited in Germany, Russia, and the United States and are in major collections worldwide.
With the forward by Dr. Albert Kostenevich (Keeper of Impressionist Paintings at the Hermitage) and the text by Dr. Alexander Borovsky (Head of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum) this richly illustrated monograph containing 242 pages with 215 color plates will be a valuable addition to your collection.
Portraits are among the most captivating of subjects that an artist undertakes, often providing as much insight (or more) into the artist as they do of the person being portrayed. Boris Chetkov’s portraits are extraordinary in this respect. In creating the images of these various personalities, real and imagined, Chetkov opens his heart and his mind without reservation or pretense.
In the following pages our esteemed reader will see an unprecedented collection of portraits, delve into penetrating psychology of these different characters, and look at the faces of humanity through the eyes of Boris Chetkov. The superb essay by Alexander Borovsky, featuring biographical insight and excerpts from recorded interviews with Chetkov, presents the colorful story of how this recently discovered genius came to his creative conclusions, clearly placing him in historical context as a very unique an relevant figure.
With the forward by Dr. Albert Kostenevich (Keeper of Impressionist Paintings at the Hermitage) and the text by Dr. Alexander Borovsky (Head of Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum) this richly illustrated monograph containing 192 pages with 168 color plates will be a valuable addition to your collection.
Forward by: Dr. Albert Kostenevich, Keeper of Impressionist Paintings, State Hermitage Museum
Essay by: Dr. Alexander D. Borovsky, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, State Russian Museum
With this monograph devoted to the art of Vasily Golubev, arguabley one of the most important Russian Expressionists of the last century, the Pushkin Group continues to introduce to the world outstanding Russian artists who are as yet unrecognized in their own land.
This document is the literal transcription (from Russian and translated into English) of an interview recorded with Boris Chetkov at his home in Lomonosov, (outside of St. Petersburg, Russia) in December, 2009. It examines, in the artist’s own words, the biographical experiences and unique philosophy which shaped both Chetkov’s glass production and the renowned paintings so cherished today. A rich history of an incredible artist. Publication text is available both in Russian and English.
The first book in any language about the life and work of the Russian painter Nikolai Efimovich Timkov presents more than one hundred of his oil paintings and gouaches.
A biographical essay with photographs introduces this important figure of Russian landscape painting. Texts by Dr. Alexander Borovsky and Dr. Alexander Shedrinksy lend understanding to Timkov’s place in the world of Russian art.
This book tells the story of the Academic Dacha through the eyes of Nikolai Efimovich Timkov, one of the most important Russian impressionist painters of the twentieth century. Central to the post-War life of the Akademichka, he became a spiritual and artistic leader of the community. Born in 1912 to a peasant family, he remained true to his vision throughout the Soviet era. With a view into a time and a cultural milieu unknown to the larger world until the present, previously unpublished historical and documentary materials are offered here in the essays of Russian scholars Dr. Albert G. Kostenevich and Dr. Alexander Borovsky.
Over 150 color reproductions trace the evolution of uniquely Russian plein air painting through the works of Timkov and his Akademichka contemporaries. This book places in a world history context those devoted painters who enriched and expanded significant aspects of the Russian Impressionist tradition.