My birth place is Yakhroma town, in the vicinity of Moscow. It is situated on high hills, from where broad Bruegelian vistas are open. The uneven terrain with significant differences of high and low; a canal between the Moskva river and the Volga; small rivers, woods and villages; a nearby ancient town of Dmitrov, which is equal to Moscow in age; ships cruising the canal and trains outdistancing them – all this I saw from my window since my early years. It was a view that embraced all the diversity of the world. This is why I can say that the impressions of my childhood and youth – beautiful nature and remarkable people – are the most important ones.
In the museum of Moscow’s St. Andronic Monastery I copied the best examples of the old Russian painting of the 15th-17th centuries.
My own style evolved from the ancient icon painting, Russian art of the 18th century, the compositional innovations of the World of Art group and Russian Constructivism.
As painters of the past, I use natural pigments bound with egg yolk.
I had never saw a work by this artist until today. I ran across the image on the left below — of the woman sleeping, wearing pearls and a thickly embroidered golden gown covered with blackbirds and waves. There is a lovely sense of peace and serenity. A richness. Stillness.
The more I looked, the more I fell in love. This guy is obsessed with birds! I wish these fabrics could exist in real life. What fun it would be to wear clothing like this.
Ah, yes. The birds, the inscrutable expressions on these women’s faces, the textured luxurious fabrics, and a very strong sense of surrealism — the paintings of Remnev are captivating.
Remnev conveys a sense of isolation even when the subject in the painting is not alone — we feel their loneliness.
I am struck by the isolation, the feeling of “alone-ness” in this next set of paintings:
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this artist. Which painting speaks to you most clearly? What does it say to you? If you find others by this artist that intrigue your senses, please share a link.