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Art Influences of the Abstract and Cubism on Smirnoff Boris (1903 – 2007)
Born in 1903 in Russia, Smirnoff Boris remains till today one of the premier league of Painters who based their art style and love of art appreciation on the Russian Avant-Guardism tendencies. Though Boris migrated to France in his early days, he retained the dream of the Russia of his memories. Even after several years and dreams turned to delusions, Smirnoff Boris retains the style he was influenced by, that of Avant-Guardism. A look at the Russian Avant-Guard revolution in art throws up the names of several art movements and styles that developed during that period of early 19 th century, Fauvism, Futurism, Cubism being some of them. Though influenced much in his painting tendencies by the master Pavel Filonov and his Analytical Art, we see eminent traces of Cubism and abstract art in the paintings of Smirnoff Boris. Cubism follows the tendencies of presenting the art work in cubical shapes or sizes that have a dimension even within the art work itself. Initiated by Pablo Picasso, this kind of art work found many takers in this age when everyone wanted to do something different. While Picasso was unique in bringing about sometimes the bizarre and at other times the normal to his art work, Boris follows a method to the entire presentation. A look at his work and their themes specially also signify a sense of the abstract that has been finely etched within the paintings. Abstract art, harbored on the presentation of modern paintings with themes that are important in today’s world. Similarly the paintings of Boris, though essentially show his private thoughts also reflect the subject matters dealt with the abstract painting movement of modern artists. Some of Boris’s work including, the likes of "Still Life with the Magic Carafe" and the "The French Block" show his influence of a movement’s that has been labeled as Analytical Cubist paintings. An advocate of this development which came into being since 1910 to 1912, the trend shows the breaking down, or analysis, of form by the artist. Like his contemporaries, Boris in his paintings also shows the importance of the figure as well as the back ground. At the same time, he tried to piece the entire painting into broken into geometric patterns mainly belonging to cubes, spheres and cones. Followers of art have traced in Smirnoff Boris’s work traces of entirety of two huge movements of Cubism leading to abstraction and in a new way giving birth to Analytical Cubism. Spanning the generations and cross cultural and artistic movements, Boris reflects in his art work some of the major influences that have been as much movements on the world art scenario as on his own. This has in fact even paved the way for the modern trend we see in his paintings. Traces of modern experimentation and assimilation of the forms of art that have been influenced by the Universal Flowering tendencies of Pavel Filonov and his system of analytical art, show in the paintings of Smirnoff Boris. Use of very dense, minutely facetted art work that is show cased on a world platform is the highlight of his artistic style. A number of his paintings create images of a figure over that of time even while maintaining the artists own impression of the theme and sensitivity.