'Paysage', 1964 oil on canvas 79 x 54cm (31 1/8 x 21 1/4in).
PROVENANCE: Gifted by the artist to Olga Andreyeva Carlisle in 1964
We are grateful to Erik Bulatov for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
Paysage, painted in 1964, belongs to the period in which Bulatov focused on the study of the 'surface' as a philosophical concept. According to the artist: 'In our life we only deal with the surfaces of surrounding objects, we can touch surface only, we can see surface only. If we open one surface, we will slam into the next surface. Even the sky we perceive as a surface (cupola, arch). However, the forces that form this surface exist deep inside, behind the surface. They are hidden from us by this surface'. The notion that beneath the superficial, two-dimensional surface of elements a life-force is sealed and trapped within is explored in the series of Paysage paintings which Bulatov completed in 1964 (Cf. Zelyonniy peyzazh, 1964 and Peyzazh. Zelyonniye sosni, 1964). In the offered lot a searing light appears to tear into the greenery and imbue it with its force, at the same time destructive and life-giving. The bright colour creates a type of schism in the painting which highlights different aspects of the undulating quasi-abstract depths and invests them with a sensuous and three-dimensional quality. The surfaces which so preoccupy Bulatov are torn asunder and their 'forces' revealed.