Blossoming Garden - Russian impressionism museum
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Blossoming Garden, 1913

David Davidovich Burliuk

Oil on canvas

Collection of Andrei Sarabianov, Moscow

In the second half of 1900 David Burliuk moves to Moscow, where he meets with the artist Mikhail Larionov. The acquaintance turns into a friendship very quickly. Together they are interested in impressionism, which is perceived as a starting point for everything new in art. Maturation of the avant-garde was largely due to the development of the French experience. According to the art critic Ilya Doronchenkov, "after going through impressionism, Russian artists swiftly moved on to the legacy of Paul Cézanne, cubism and abstraction. But, strange as it may seem, even the most radical conclusions were often the result of a "conversation" with impressionism."

"The father of Russian futurism" left quite an extensive impressionistic heritage. He began his career with works in plein air. In the famous leaflet "The voice of the impressionist in Defense of Painting" in 1908 Burliuk formulated his Manifesto: "Neither Serov, nor Levitan, nor attempts on the genius of Vrubel, or literary Diaghilev’s ... but Russian Impressionists, who grew up on Western models, those who trembled, looking at Gauguin, van Gogh, Cézanne - this is the hope of Russian updated painting!»

The impressionistic motif of the "blooming garden" was one of the most popular in the Russian art. Victor Borisov-Musatov, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Larionov, and Kazimir Malevich addressed it. The image of spring and those light effects that appear at this time after a long gray winter, inspired artists of different generations.