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Lot 141

David Burliuk "My Mother," O/B Portrait

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

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David Davidovich Burliuk (New York/Russian Federation/Ukraine/China,1882-1967), "My Mother," oil on panel painting depicting a woman with dark, pulled-back hair, wearing a blue dress, before a vividly colored background, all rendered in a thick impasto. Signed "Burliuk" lower right and dated 1908. Panel, 12 1/2" H x 11 1/2"W, has been mounted to a burlap covered board enclosed in a giltwood frame, 24"H  x 22 1/2"W. Note: the previous owner of this painting, Myron King, owned Nashville's Lyzon Gallery and, as a personal friend of Burliuk's, represented many of his paintings. According to King, this was a 1940s era copy by Burliuk of a portrait he painted of his mother,  Ludmyla Mikhnevich, in 1908, which he was forced to leave behind in Russia.  

Biography: "Born [in Ukraine] into a privileged class of society, David Burliuk became a central figure in the history of the Russian avant-garde movement as an accomplished poet, art critic, and exhibition organizer. He studied at the Kazan School of Fine Arts in 1898, then in Odessa, Moscow, Munich, and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, however, as a breaker of artistic tradition, he found himself expelled from the Moscow Institute in 1911. His early works were Fauve-like and were exhibited with the Blue Riders in Munich. With the advent of World War I, he left Russia and traveled for four years. He moved to America in 1922 and settled on Long Island where he continued to paint until his death in 1967." (Source: Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art)

PROVENANCE: Collection of the late Myron King, acquired directly from the artist. 


Full vertical split to panel at center. Some scattered alligatoring to paint. Scattered light wear to frame. 



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Collection of the late Myron King, acquired directly from the artist.