Artist of the moment….Pavel Tchelitchew

Pavel Tchelitchew was a fantastic painter of the figure born in Russia in the year 1898 near Moscow, Russia in a city called Kaluga. His family was very wealthy and he didn’t attend school but was tutored privately.

When comparing his artistic career one artist that I profiled comes to mind, Erte, another Russian artist born in 1890. Both made great works of art in addition to designing theater sets and costumes.

In this clip a great montage of works by Tchelitchew. Its interesting to note that a theme in the 19th century was to paint figures that never made eye contact with the viewer. It makes for high emotional content as people are far more relaxed, people are more themselves, when they think no one is watching them.

In this clip more works from the master.

First U.S. show was in 1930 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city.

For seven years worked for a magazine titled View which specialized in Surrealist paintings.

Included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Became a citizen of the United States in 1952.

Pavel Tchelitchew passed away in 1957 at the age of 58 years old.

The artist worked in many mediums. Gouache works range $5,000 to $75,000. Oils can range from the low six figures to $400,000. Watercolors range $10,000 to $80,000.  Works in ink range $1,000 to $8,000. Works in pencil cost $1,000 to $5,000.

Another artist that I am reminded when looking at his drawings is Bev Doolittle. Doolittle is a world famous best known for her cleverly hiding figures in trees and other various locales of the landscapes. Tchelitchew was superb at hiding animals in his landscapes if you look closely. I never thought of Doolittle as a Surrealist painter but here is a great montage showing how easily she hides figures and animals in her paintings.

 

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