Russian avant-garde painter Aleksandr Labas – collection from russian museums (1979)
Title: Russian avant-garde painter Aleksandr Labas – collection from russian museums (1979)
Publisher: Moscow, “Soviet painter”, 1979
Author: Butorina E.
Shipping Weight: 0,9kg
Hardcover, 216 pages
Alexander Labas left behind works that are an extraordinarily charming and wholesome 20th-century art phenomenon in its own right. The poetry and elegance of his artistic language and his unique resourceful imagination that easily overcame gravity and saw far beyond the ordinary routine make for the lasting modernity and invariable appeal of his works. Charged with vitality, his art developed according to its own scenario, ignoring the many obstacles that life persistently mounted along the way. Decades of neglect, isolation and exclusion from the freshly re-written history of young Soviet art followed right after the artist had won international recognition. This meant poverty and years of unsettled life. The only faithful friend by his side was his wife Leoni, who protected their small world, in which a universe of colors and metamorphoses of his amazing art came into being.
Alexander Labas possessed an orthodox devotion to art; his will and his belief in artistic quest, his disregard of timeserving gave him a reputation of an individualistic and strong perso-nality. Both romantic and meticulous, he generated images that belonged to the poetic as well as to the scientific. He was of a rare kind of prophetic artists (as attested by his Flights to the Moon of the 1930s) that created their own Universe. The art of this exalted dreamer and thoughtful philoso-pher attracts even the most jaded connoisseurs with its profound earnestness.
The pictorial language of Labas, although distinctly individual, belongs to its time – the 1920 and the 1930s – the generation of the Society of Easel Painters (OST) – and of course to the tradition of the Russian avant-garde. This tradition unmistakably shows through the philosophy of the artist. However, his works were not merely an interpretation of the avant-garde but rather a complete revision of its legacy, transformed and given a new lease on life.