«There exist many painterly manners. However, it is not the manner that matters, but the ability to see beauty» (Alexei Savrasov, the painter)

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Alexey Sukhovetsky||"Assertion of Beauty"
30.04.2008 — 30.06.2008

30 April 2008, within the framework of Romanticists in Realistic Art exhibition project Art Prima opens an exhibit of Alexei Sukhovetsky, People’s Artist of Russia. The exhibit, timed for the fifty-fifth jubilee of the artist, is entitled Assertion of Beauty.

The identity of beauty and stately dignity, similar to that how Alexander Pushkin understood them, is typical of the work of Alexei Sukhovetsky. His imagery excludes any earthly commonness. His every landscape is full of tectonic forces capable of getting mountains to grow higher and huge masses of clouds to drift in the sky. His imagery seems to be able to make architecture out of the earth’s crust or to blow trees’ foliage in all directions or set order in the objective chaos.

The word “classicism” seems the most appropriate to refer to Sukhovetsky’s painterly language, meaning a special sort of classicism, though – the Russian or rather Moscow’s one, which does not imply too much cold rationality, but rather an attitude imbued with intoxicated feeling and devotion to plein air perception of the surrounding reality. The painter finds his own way of conveying the theme of destiny and history, different from that of narration, but rather through memory that material objects and houses keep. Moscow appears to have become the main theme of the master’s mature work. His choice of the motives unexpectedly shows Sukhovetsky’s singular preferences. His Moscow rarely salutes the viewers with its traditional attire of a Russian ancient capital. He rather prefers old manor-houses in the vicinity of Moscow or constructions in the Empire style of Stalin time or Art-Nouveau villas designed by Fyodor Shekhtel or hi-tech modernism almost completely ignored by traditional painters. Sukhovetsky is very sensitive to the time style impressed in architecture.         

The original designers of the architectural ensembles liked to offer painters puzzles to solve. Thus, Dutch Cottage in Kuskovo Estate and a huge oak tree beside, contemporary of the building, or Ryabushinsky’s villa, known as the ‘House With Irises’, and a larch, growing in its garden, whose silhouette looks absolutely Japanese-like. Still, how rarely do we notice such elegant small details. They can only be spotted by a musing eye. It is not houses and trees that Sukhovetsky paints but somewhat whimsical relation of the eternal and temporal showing the contrast of European styles of architecture that look so natural in Europe and so odd when surrounded by Russian birches and lime trees, soaked in rain and covered with snow, embraced by our dull grey sky. For us, Sukhovetsky has become a painter who proves to be able to read  architects’ dreams of absolute perfection…     

The exhibit held at the Art Prima Gallery presents over fifty paintings of various genres from the Art Prima’s collection and right from the painter’s studio. They include landscapes of Russia and other countries, still lifes, elegant interiors, portraits and studies which have been produced since the 1980s up to now. You will be able to find most of these paintings reproduced in the recently published book Aleksey Sukhovetsky: Assertion of Beauty

The exhibition will be open until 30 June 2008.