DAVID DAVIDOVICH CHERSON BURLIUK
Russian / American 1882-1967
"WOMAN BATHING IN A STREAM"
Mixed Media on Rough Panel
Signed BURLIUK Lower Right
Housed in a 22K giltwood custom Prendergast style frame
Museums: 29, including Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Brooklyn Museum of Art;
Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by Myron Lyzon King, Sr.
David Burliuk was such good friends with Myron Lyzon King, Sr, that he called him his 4th son.
Appraised in 1993
by Rod Hardy (Hardy & Halprern, Inc.)
Note: This painting is a re-interpretation of portion of Manet’s “Luncheon ”, with a female figure
in a nightdress bathing in a stream, that portion also citing Rembrandt’s portrait of his common-law wife
Hendrickje bathing in a stream in her nightdress. Each was considered shocking and “roughly painted” in its time.
Rembrandt's painting was even considered a sketch, although no finished painting has been found. Burliuk has
reinvented this theme, more directly from Manet’s "Luncheon" in a 20th century manner, on a small rough panel.
Please refer to the images below.
Some small unretouched flakes to the trees and
ground; no flaking to the figure
Edouard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass, also Known as The Picnic (”Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe”)
1862-1863, Oil on Canvas (Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn, Hendrickje
Bathing in a River, 1654
Oil on panel, 61.8 x 47 cm, (National Gallery, London)
David Burliuk was an important Russian/American early avant-garde painter. His work ranges from fauvist primitive peasant
paintings from his Russian roots, to more lyrical Van Gogh-influenced works, as well as symbolic and expressionist paintings
executed in this country after his immigration in 1922.
Burliuk studied at the Kazan School of Fine Arts, Odessa, in Moscow, Munich, and in Paris at the école des Beaux Arts.
He was a founding member of "Die Blaue Reiter" (The Blue Riders), and "Sturm" with Picasso, Kandinsky, 1910-14. His
work is housed in 29 American museums, including the Whitney, Smithsonian, Guggenheim, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Unfortunately, many of his Russian works disappeared during the Russian Revolution.
Reviewer Oleh Sydor-Hibelynda, in an article discussing a Burliuk exhibition in Kiev, remarked, "In America, he became
known as the American Van Gogh." In 1949-50, Burliuk authored a special research on the works of Van Gogh in Arles.
However his works remain in essence both Russian and poetic.
- Millicent Ford Creech
BURLIUK, David Davidovich (1882-1967)
Birth place: Kharkov, Russia
Death place: Northampton, NY
Addresses: Hampton Bays, L.I., NY
Profession: Painter, lecturer, writer, educator
Studied: A. School. in Kazan, Odessa, Munich, Paris & Moscow.
Exhibited: Societe Anonyme, 1924; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1926-46; J.B. Neumann Gallery, 1927; Morton Gallery, 1928; Dorothy Paris Gallery, 1933-35; California Palace of the Legion of Honor 1931; Philip Boyer Gallery, 1935-39; Phillips Collection, 1937; Corcoran Gallery, 1939-47; ACA Gallery, 1941-61; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1943-46, 1949-50, 1958, 1966; Havana, Cuba, 1955; E. Raboff A. Gallery, Los Angeles; Society of Independent Artists; Art Institute of Chicago
Member: National Institute of Arts and Letters
Work: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Boston Museum of Fine Art; Phillips Collection; Yale Univeristy; Philadelphia Museum of Art
Comments: Russian modernist painter who came to the U.S. in 1922, via Siberia, Japan and the South Seas. Founder-Member: Der Blaue Reiter" and "Sturm" together with Kandinsky, F. Mark, 1910-14; with Mayakovsky and Kamiensky "Cubo-Futurism," 1911. Co-publisher (with Mary Burliuk), of the art magazine Color and Rhyme, 1930s. Author: special research on "Van Gogh in Arles," 1949-50. Pres., Burliuk Art Gallery, Hampton Bays, NY (summers). Marlor gives place of death as Southampton, L.I., NY.
Sources: WW66; 300 Years of American Art, 785; Falk, Exhibition Record Series
Founder Member "Die Blaue
Reiter" and "Sturm" with Picasso, Kandinsky 1910--14
ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
David Burliuk was a central figure
in the history of the Russian avant-garde movement as an
accomplished poet, art critic, and exhibition organizer. "He was
one of the world's first hippies, and painted the words 'I Burliuk'
on his forehead and stood on street corners reciting poetry."
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David Burliuk, Woman Bathing
in Stream, Oil on Panel