museum's editions: Valentin Serov, Filipp Malyavin, Mikhail Vrubel, Ilya Mashkov, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich

Museum’s editions in cooperation with the Shvartsman Heritage ART FOUNDATION

finis artis offers in cooperation with the Shvartsman Heritage Art Foundation the worldwide first reprographic edition of drawings on paper from their stock. We propose four sheets from three different cycles, exposed to the western public for the first time in spring 2009 in the Ludwig-Forum in Aachen, Germany.

The edition is printed on Velin d'Arches and limited to 20 pieces, plus 5 off trade. Compared to the originals, the sheets are slightly enlarged.

The printings are available
as single sheets or
framed in a cardboard mount
(outside measure 45 x 35 cm)

Mikhail Matveievich Shvartsman
created in the 60s and 70s of the last century in Moscow an independent and unique work of paintings and drawings. Highly acknowledged in the art community, he did not belong to a certain school or movement. He claimed a significance of his work far beyond esthetic considerations; with his brushes and pencils he officiated to reveal a discourse of constantly communicating and transcending signs for which he introduced the term “Hieratures”. Insisting in the substantial existence of a superior reality, result of authentic religious thinking, he was on the other hand – as a modern man - sure to take part in the creation of new times. Though recognized as graphic artist and designer, being teacher at public institutions, his art could only develop outside of the officially approuved soviet union culture. Suspicious of misinterpretations and misuse for alien interests, his separation from official art business kept him out of the reach of a broader public too, thus favouring the emergence of a legend around his person. With his first solo exhibition 1994 in the Tretiakov Gallery, being almost 70, overnight he became one of the most important Russian Artists in the 20th century. The first exhibition of Shvartsman's work in western countries took place in 2009 in the Ludwig-Forum for International Art Aachen, Germany.

Mikhail Shvartsman was born on June 4, 1926 in Moscow. He died, also in Moscow, November 18, 1997.

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