Russian / American 1882-1967




(After Manet)
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

Books: 40


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


Image ”x 7”





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)  


Manet - Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe


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
From 1923 exhibited Brooklyn Museum, Sesquicentennial Philadelphia 1926
One man show at Gallerie Maeght, Paris 1962
Became a USA citizen in 1930
1963 One-man Show at ACA Gallery, 63 E. 57th St. NYC

Selected Museum Collections :


The Mattatuck Museum of the Mattutuck Historical Society

Addison Gallery of American Art

Arizona State University Art Museum

Ball State University Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Cheekwood Museum of Art & Botanical Garden

Delaware Art Museum

Frederick R Weisman Art Museum

Heckscher Museum

Lowe Art Museum

Michelson Museum of Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art

Museum of Art at Brigham Young University

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Neuberger Museum of Art

Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

Saint Joseph College Art Gallery

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages

The Parrish Art Museum

The Phillips Collection

The University of Arizona Museum of Art

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

Yale University Art Gallery





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."
He was born into a privileged class of Russian society.  His wife was educated with the Czar's children, and he was well positioned to become an artistic leader.  Burliuk studied at the Kazan School of Fine Arts in 1898 and then studied in Odessa, Moscow, Munich, and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.  His early works were fauve-like, "violent in color and heavy with paint" and were exhibited with the Blue Riders in Munich.
In Russia, as a breaker of artistic tradition, he was expelled in 1911 from the Moscow Institute.  With other futurists, he undertook a public campaign with lectures, journals and films--all focused on the craziness of modern, industrial life.
With the advent of World War I, he left Russia and traveled for four years including to Siberia, Japan, and the South Seas.  To start all over again, he moved to America in 1922 and settled on Long Island where he continued to paint until his death there in 1967.
His subjects range from neo-primitive paintings to peasant life in Russia to futurist depictions of South Sea fishermen.  Much of his painting in Russia vanished in the Russian Revolution.  Throughout his life, Burliuk was innovative, energetic and upbeat. In the United States, he developed his "radio style", a style that involved symbolism, neo-primitivism, and expressionism.  "But Burliuk's early work in pre-revolutionary experimental art was his most creative."
Source: Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art

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David Burliuk, Woman Bathing in Stream, Oil on Panel