Voices from Russia

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Russian Painter Eduard Shteynberg Died in Paris

The Land of Fisa Zaitseva

Eduard Shteynberg



Dedicated to Rothko

Eduard Shteynberg



Russian art suffered a great loss. Eduard Shteynberg, an avant-garde artist of the “second wave”, died in Paris in the last days of March. Shteynberg once said, “I can’t say that I’m on the right track, but what’s truth? It’s a word, an image. Camus wrote a wonderful philosophical essay, The Myth of Sisyphus… an artist pulls a stone up a mountain, then, he falls down, but he raises the stone and drags it again… that’s the pendulum of my life”. One of the most famous Russian nonconformist-artists, Shteynberg didn’t receive a formal art education. He learned painting from his father Arkady Shteynberg, who was a poet and an artist, a graduate of the Supreme State Artistic and Technical Workshops. In 1937, the Chekists arrested Arkady on a charge of being an “enemy of the people”, and, after he returned from the camps, he settled in Tarusa, one of the centres of the unofficial counterculture in the 1950s. Shteynberg himself recounted that Russian avant-garde art, firstly, Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, influenced his development as a painter, saying, “I didn’t discover anything new, I only gave the Russian avant-garde another perspective. What perspective? Rather religious. My spatial geometric structures are based on ancient catacomb wall paintings and, of course, icon painting”.

He didn’t approve of art that drew its inspiration from technology, from new media. He believed that a painter must work with initial elements of painting. Simple geometric forms, colour, and rhythm are the only things needed for creating harmony. In the 1960s, only a narrow circle of admirers of modern art knew of Shteynberg’s oeuvre… the official Soviet art world didn’t recognise his “abstract icon painting”. Not being a member of the Union of Artists, he didn’t have the opportunity to exhibit his works. Besides that, he didn’t have any hope for any government contracts. Sometimes, only foreign journalists and diplomats looked him up and bought his works. At that time, he couldn’t even imagine that, in forty years, he’d be an academician of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, with his paintings exhibited in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, New York‘s Guggenheim Museum, and in major galleries in Europe, and that his paintings would bring astronomical sums of money at sales at the world’s most famous auction houses.

In 1990s, he moved abroad. For some time, he lived in München, and, then, settled in Paris, but he never considered himself an émigré… he always had two addresses on his business card… in Paris and in Tarusa. He died on 28 March. Journalist and artist Galina Ackerman said, “He was seriously ill for many years, he had cancer, and he had several operations. All the time, he longed to leave the hospital. He celebrated his 75th birthday at home, and, in general, he lived the way he wanted until his last day. He even had time to dictate dialogues about his life in Paris; the book will be published soon. Only two days ago, he went to a café with a friend and they drank wine. That evening, he felt sick. Immediately, they transported him to hospital, and he died there in his sleep”.

 31 March 2012

Armen Aprisian

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

The Russian spiritual renaissance is so deep that it affected even the seemingly “unchurched” such as Shteynberg. In like manner, American secular godlessness is so ingrained that it affects even the so-called “religious”, if they don’t take a care. You can see it clearly in “Evangelicals” (INCLUDING Mormons, JWs, and SDAs) and rightwing Catholics such as Santorum. We’re infected, too, and we have quite a job to do. You can see it in the konvertsy set in the OCA… the Church is NOT a rightwing “Culture War” establishment! However, the people enmeshed in these delusionary movements can’t see reality… show tolerance to them whilst you show no mercy to the demonic ideology they spout.

Remember, God’s going to save whom He wills to, not those who demand entrée as a right! Think on that… honest people like Shteynberg will enter the Kingdom before the likes of smarmy poseurs such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell (Rev Billy WILL make it for sure… he’s genuine)…


Saturday, 5 November 2011

5 November 2011. We Saw Some “Degenerate Modern Art”… Now, Let’s Look at Some Real Deal Modern Art…

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The Harbour at Sevastopol

Konstantin Korovin



I truly ripped apart a bogus “art work” in my last post. Is there legit modern art? You bet… and plenty of it! As someone said to me:

If you’ve got to wonder what the fuck it is, it isn’t art!

I agree with that point of view, emphatically, and without any reservation whatsoever. However, let’s NOT talk about art… that’s like talking about wine instead of drinking it. Let’s look at some art and listen to some art music.


On the Terrace

Konstantin Korovin



The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh



The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse



A Resting Soldier

Mikhail Larionov



Now, let’s have a musical interlude…



Alfred Schnittke

Symphony nr 8



Arvo Pärt




Dmitri Shostakovich


from The Gadfly



Georgi Sviridov

Время, вперед! (Time, Forward!)



It’s time for some more GOOD modern art… take my hand as we go through the next gallery…


The Expulsion

Natalia Goncharova

undated (early 20th century)


The Card Players

Paul Cézanne




Pablo Picasso



By the Lake

Isaak Levitan



There! I’d say that there’s plenty of good modern art out there… not all of it’s schlock and dreck. If you criticise something… have the RIGHT STUFF in hand… or shut up.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 5 November 2011

Albany NY

Saturday, 23 July 2011

22 July 2011. Video. No Comment Necessary. THIS is what the Rich ARE Going to do to You if Vote for the Tea Party/New GOP… They’re Doing It NOW… Look at Ryan and Boehner… Any Questions?

Don’t be fooled by their populist rhetoric… the Tea Party/New GOP is a cat’s paw of the oligarchs… they want a government “of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich”… and if you don’t like it, you can die, “to decrease the surplus population”. It’s quite that simple…


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