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Two Heads. 1925

Filonov Pavel,
Oil on canvas
58 х 54

Пост. в 1977, дар Е. Н. Глебовой, сестры художника, Ленинград


Compositions entitled "Heads" are often encountered in the paintings and drawings of Pavel Filonov, particularly in the mid-1920s.The head and face of man offered beneficial material for the "reflections" of his brush. The artist regarded the human head as a model of the universe. Removing the layers of skin from the face, Filonov draws parallels in his imagination between this small "universe" and the surrounding world. Various types are plastically analysed in the naked structure of the human face, as is obvious in the composition of Two Heads.

Author's Biography

Filonov Pavel

Filonov, Pavel Nikolaevich
1882/83, Moscow -1941, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, poet. Studied at painting studios in St Petersburg (1897-1901), Lev Dmitriyev-Kavkazsky''s studio (1913-08), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1893-1901) and under Vasily Savinsky and Jan Ciaglinskj at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1908-10). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1910). Founding member of the Union of Youth (1910). Founded the Made Pictures studio of painters and draughtsmen and published its manifesto (1914; second version published in 1923). Helped to design the sets and costumes for a production of Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy (1913). Wrote the poem Chant of Universal Flowering (1914-15). Headed the Department of General Ideology at the Museum of Artistic Culture (1923). Helped to write the statute of the Institute of Artistic Culture. Formed the Masters of Analytical Art (1923).

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