A special project is currently taking place at the Museum of Russian Impressionism — an exhibition of two paintings titled “Brodsky and Kostandi. From the collection of the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts”.
Within the framework of the project, the Museum is exhibiting the paintings “Geese”, 1911 by Kiriak Kostandi and “Portrait of L. D. Burliuk”, painted by his pupil Isaac Brodsky in 1906.
Kyriak Kostandi was one of the first consecutive advocates of the culture of plein-air painting. For a long time, he taught at the Odessa Art School, where he tirelessly instilled in students the value of color as well as the ability to see beauty in the simple and the mundane. It is difficult to avoid the name of Kiriak Kostandi while talking about Russian impressionism.
In the works of Kostandi, you can see the work of a natural born colorist who senses the nuances of various shades of color. Ilya Repin even called his painting "diamonds".
The painting “Geese” has long been in the collection of the famous Soviet realist painter and student of Kostandi, Isaac Brodsky, who in his life managed to accumulate a very successful collection of painting.
For Brodsky, studying at the Odessa School was a step towards entering the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Later, Brodsky surpassed Kostandi in fame, today he is considered one of the main representatives of the realism trend in Soviet painting. The work of Brodsky often features restrained colors, a kind of monochrome palette, and the thin patterns and lines are of paramount importance. However, earlier works, such as the portrait of a young Ludmila Burliuk, are distinguished by a more colorful palette and a bold brushstroke.
Both paintings — “Geese” by Kiriak Kostandi and “Portrait of L. D. Burliuk” by Isaac Brodsky are on permanent display at the I. Brodsky Museum-Apartment, a branch of the Research Museum at the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition is housed in the building of the Museum of Russian Impressionism and will run until September 24, 2019.