Newly acquired insights
The Ukrainian painter and theorist Alexander Bogomazov occasionally retreats to his property in Boyarka near Kiev, where, among other things, he writes his treatise The art of painting and the elements, which he completes in 1914. In it, he analyses the interaction between the subject, the artist, the painting and the observer. In the works from 1914-1915 he puts his newly acquired insights into practice, in a futurist style.
His Tramway, Lvovskaya Street, Kiev (1914), Kreshchatik (1914) and Locomotive (1915) feature the typically futurist themes from modern urban life, in this case of his city of residence Kiev. The tramway – the first to be constructed in Tsarist Russia – and the locomotive, which appears to rattle towards the observer with piercing headlights, represent the new industrial age. In these drawings, as with the teeming crowds in the main street in Kreshchatik, his primary aim is to depict motion.
The drawings by Bogomazov constitute an important addition to the works of the Italian futurists in the collection: Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini.