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The master of multi-colored suns: a large exhibition of George Yakulov in the Tretyakov Gallery

Since April 22, the Tretyakov Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Georgy Yakulov, one of the brightest innovators of the twentieth century. Disputes about art boiled in his workshop, there Yesenin and Isadora Duncan met there ... The exhibition “George Yakulov. The master of multi-colored suns ”is the first such large-scale retrospective of this avant-garde, Fauvist and simply legendary dandy.According to art historians, it was Yakulov’s theory and his creative views that influenced the Delone spouses - the artist was in Paris four times and became friends with them. Interesting intersections even in our times: an extensive exhibition of works by Sonia Delone is now taking place in England.Sketch of scenery for J. Ooffenbach's operetta "Beautiful Elena" George Bogdanovich Yakulov1924The title portrait is also a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more on the review (we also see it on the posters of the exhibition): this is not a self-portrait, but ... the famous work of P. Konchalovsky, “the fellow in the creative workshop”. They were neighbors in the house, and this house was later described by Mikhail Bulgakov in his novel. By the way, the eastern features of the “model” and the portrait entourage are not at all an exaggeration or a flight of Konchalovsky’s imagination. “An Armenian by birth, he was born and raised in Tiflis, as a painter was formed in Moscow, was closely connected with the artistic circles of Paris, and in recent years spent in mainly in Yerevan ”- we read about Yakulov on the official website of the museum.Horse RacingGeorgy Bogdanovich Yakulov1911The fate of the master was only 45 years old, his creative legacy is not so great. The artist’s bright and original style is fully represented at the exposition by a wide variety of works - they were able to collect 130, from full-scale paintings and drawings to theatrical performances.

The exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery is the first full retrospective of the artist in the last 40 years. The main goal of the exhibition is to remind the audience about one of the most influential and brightest representatives of the Russian avant-garde, whose name has unfairly become forgotten.
"The outside"

Share Share Share Once theatrical performances with its decorations were applauded by Paris. Yakulov worked with Dyagilev, who drew attention to the artist in 1925 - his works at the World Exhibition are a success and bring the author an Honorary Diploma. By the way, for staging Prokofiev’s “Steel Skok” ballet, Yakulov not only dealt with the overall design of the performance, but also co-authored the libretto.Portrait of A. G. KoonenGeorgy Bogdanovich Yakulov1920Else another theatrical remark - portraitPortrait - a realistic genre depicting a person in reality or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read on for the famous actress Alice Koonen, the wife of director Alexander Tairov. Yakulov created works for his productions. When living, the extraordinary artist Georgy Yakulov, who used to be simply overwhelmingly popular, is now known only to a narrow circle of specialists. "However, his role in the avant-garde performance is worthy of special mention," the exhibition organizers say. Especially for his innovative style in using color and light, which the title of the exhibition Master of Multi-colored Suns narrates. Actually, this is the name of the theory and works of the artist: He believed that the natural light of the environment directly affects the work of the masters of a particular locality, the images and moods they convey.Yakulov wrote: “If the sun of Moscow is white, the sun of Georgia is pink, the sun of the Far East is blue, yellow in India, then obviously the sun is the force that drives cultures ...”Fantasy George Bogdanovich Yakulov106 × 142 cm

"This is such an amazing combination of very open avant-garde thinking with the rudiments of the Silver Age, and with a return to the important impressions and influences of the art of the XX century, this is an Eastern theme," says the director of the Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova.
(photo from the museum's Facebook page)

After the design of the performances of “Princess Brambilla” and “Girofle-Giroflya”, the Russian beau monde chanted that this was the most spectacular, bright and cheerful scenery. Dynamic, with suspended stairs, columns and strange "constructivist" elements - they were stunning and served as full "participants" of the performances. Alas, the sketches are almost not preserved - Yakulov did not create a series of detailed drawings, like other artists.It is not surprising that with the growing popularity of the creator of theatrical miracles, the artist’s creative life finally acquires a “bohemian” style, so adored by his wife: Natal Schiff - ambiguous nature. Later she was expelled from Moscow, Yakulov helped her as best she could, financially, and then nothing is known about her fate ...

But then, in free years, at the "gatherings" in the workshop of "Georges the Beautiful" (as they called Yakulov) Meyerhold, Lunacharsky, Mayakovsky, Andrei Bely dropped in on Bolshaya Sadovaya ... In the old photo - A. Ya. Tairov, G. Yakulov, N. Yakulova ...

In his memoirs, Aristrakh Lentulov compared Yakulov with Pushkin: “the idea of ​​similarity probably arose from the fact that they had a Russian soul for non-Russian origin”.Circus Georgy Bogdanovich Yakulov XX century The exhibition organizers prepared for the visitors three surprises - these are restored canvases: “Crowd man”, “Lombardy” and “Fight”, which vividly illustrate “The Theory of Suns” and the union of traditions of the East and West by the artist.Cafe-shantanGeorge Bogdanovich Yakulov1906, 96 × 64 cm

In addition to paintings, theatrical performances and the organization of art-parties, George Yakulov designed the cult “Stall of Pegasus” and “Pittoresc” cult for artistic bohemia.
"The Lion's Attack on the Horse", panel sketch for the cafe "Stall of Pegasus"

Share Share ShareCafe "Pittoresk" George Bogdanovich Yakulov1917The Pittoresk Art Café on Kuznetsky Most is the House of Artists!Illustration to the fairy tales of Hoffmann, Georgy Bogdanovich Yakulov, XX century

Let's look at Sergey Yesenin's collection of poems:
"Ballad of twenty-six."
With love to the beautiful artist G. Yakulov

There are a lot of amazing exhibits at the exhibition - what is worth the sculptural model of the monument to the Twenty-six Commissars in the form of a huge spiral (synthesis of the Transcaucasian mountains and the forward movement of the revolution)! The project received the 1st prize on a plebiscite in Baku and a printed diploma “out of competition” at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris (1925). The works from private collections are also interesting. The most complete collection of works by Georgy Yakulov is in Yerevan, in the Art Gallery of Armenia, carefully collected by the Society of G. Yakulov's Friends (created by Armenian artists in 1967 in Paris).Portrait of Panna Paskevich George Bogdanovich Yakulov XX century, 61 cm Interested? Well, it is worthwhile to get acquainted in detail with the works of George Yakulov in the Tretyakov Gallery at the exhibition “George Yakulov. Master of Multi-Colored Suns ”, which will be valid until June 19 at the address: Krymsky Val, 10.
The title picture is P. Konchalovsky, “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further G. B. Yakulov, 1910.